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Dr Siddharth Sareen

Post: Visiting Senior Research Fellow (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Visiting Senior Research Fellow (University of Sussex Business School)
Personal homepage:Siddharth Sareen at University of Bergen
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My current focus within the Human Geography and Spaces of Climate and Energy Laboratory (SpaceLab) research groups is on a postdoctoral project titled ‘Solar ‘power’: Producing accountable institutions for transitions to renewable energy’. This is funded through the Akademia agreement between the University of Bergen and Equinor, and the Bergen Research Foundation project ‘European Cities as Actors in Climate and Energy Transformation’. As part of the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, I engage keenly with human and development geographers as well as along interdisciplinary lines.

Prior to joining the Department of Geography in April 2017, I held postdoctoral fellowships at Erfurt University in Germany and the Institute of Economic Growth in India. I extended my work on resource politics in conflict regions during these stints. This was based on a double PhD at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (Development Studies) and Padova University in Italy (Forest and Nature Management). During 2016-17, I developed an interest in the governance of energy transitions and worked as a research consultant for the Regulatory Assistance Project on the political economy of electricity distribution. I have a background in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, with field experience in Portugal, Norway and six regions within India, and expertise on governance, institutional change, resource access, accountability and energy transitions.


This is my webpage as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Sussex Energy Group at the Science Policy Research Unit during August-December 2019. While here, I focus on a project titled 'Accountability analysis to assess sustainability under energy transition'.

At my home institution, the University of Bergen, I hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Geography and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation. I am also a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities. I study the governance of energy transitions, lead a project on solar uptake in Portugal, and support another on smart grid development in Norway. I have worked in seven countries and established an international, interdisciplinary research profile on resource and energy governance.

For more details and an overview of my work, please visit https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Siddharth.Sareen

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I welcome queries on co-teaching and course coordination, supervision of Masters theses and co-supervision of PhDs. I have developed strong networks on solar energy governance in Portugal, energy poverty across Europe, resource governance in India, and increasingly energy governance in Norway. I continue to expand substantive collaborations on climate and energy sector politics and transformation, and maintain productive relationships with colleagues in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the USA, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Italy and India.

My academic responsibilities include co-chairing a working group on indicators for the European Commission Cooperation on Science and Technology (COST) Action European Energy Poverty (2017-2021); representing the Faculty of Social Sciences on the Bergen Energy Lab planning committee (2018-); representing temporary staff on the Department of Geography board (2018-2019); serving on the editorial board of the journal Sustainability Science (2018-2020); and representing SpaceLab at the Future Earth working group of the Early Career Researchers Network of Networks (2017-2019).

I have previously completed editorial stints for the journal Asia in Focus (2014-16) at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, and for the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research Policy Brief Series (2014-17). I also served as the Erasmus Mundus Association programme representative of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme on Forest and Nature for Society (2013-15), and have been an active member of the Danish Youth Goodwill Ambassadors (since 2011).

I am frequently invited to give talks on academic and public platforms (which I have done over 60 times in 15 countries during 2013-2019), and have considerable experience with organising and hosting events on energy and resource governance. I am also a creative writer and occasionally write short stories and journalistic accounts, perform climate poetry and participate in artistic collaborations.