Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

Siddharth Sareen named Nils Klim Laureate 2024

Today it was announced that CET Professor II Siddharth Sareen is the Nils Klim Laureate 2024 for his work in environmental social sciences.

Portrait of Siddharth Sareen in front of Bryggen in Bergen
Siddharth Sareen was a postdoc at CET from 2017 - 2020. He is now a Professor at University of Stavanger and a Professor II at CET.
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Sareen receives the award for his research at the intersection between social sciences, the humanities, and technological and environmental sciences. His research includes complex topics such as sustainability and accountability, energy history, environmental justice, democracy and social inclusion. 

- We are really proud that our long-time collaborator Siddharth Sareen receives this prize. It is well deserved – he is really at the international forefront of his field, governance of energy transitions, and we have benefited a lot from having him as part of our team, said CET Director Håvard Haarstad. 

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a scholar under the age of 35, from or in a Nordic country, for outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. This prize is worth NOK 500 000 (approx. EUR 44.000). 

The committee highlights Sareen’s versatility as well as the broad and global perspective in his work.  

- Sareen’s work is exemplary for the global importance of critical and interactive relationships between fields of scholarship, technology, and industry in the vital search for renewable and sustainable sources of energy”, said the Nils Klim Committee Chair, Professor Ástráður Eysteinsson. 

Sareen has been an important part of CET since he started at the centre in 2017 as Haarstad explains: 

- Today is a day of celebration at CET! Sareen was a postdoc in our centre when he first came to Norway, and has played a critical role in building the centre. He is highly productive, and brings other people along on his publications and his projects. We keep planning new projects and papers together, and this prize is a huge motivation to develop this area of research further.   

Siddharth Sareen was a postdoctoral researcher at CET from 2017 to 2020. He is now a Professor at the University of Stavanger and has been engaged as a Professor II at CET since 2020. 

A heartfelt congratulations to Siddharth from his colleagues and friends at CET. On the 3rd of May, CET will be hosting a breakfast meeting on Siddharth Sareen’s work. There will be several events including the award ceremony during the Holberg Prize week on June 4 - 7.