Sverker Sörlin is professor of Environmental History in the Division of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where he is also senior researcher.
He was the first director of the Swedish Institute for Studies in Education and Research, SISTER (2000-2003), and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley (1993), University of Cambridge (2004-05), and the University of Oslo (2006).
He currently serves on the UNESCO Forum for Science, Knowledge, and Higher Education.
Among his publications in English are co-edited books, Denationalizing Science (1993); Sustainability — the Challenge (1998); Narrating the Arctic: A Cultural History of Nordic Scientific Practice (2002); Knowledge Society versus Knowledge Economy (2007), and articles on environmental history and on the history and sociology of science since the 18th century in journals such as Environmental History, Osiris, Minerva, Worldviews, Kursbuch, Journal of Historical Geography, European Review of History.
In Swedish he has authored or edited some thirty books. For his general history of European science and ideas 1492-1918, published in two volumes, he was awarded the August [for Strindberg] Prize for the best non fiction book of the year 2004.
Along with his academic career he has conducted evaluations and inquiries in Sweden and internationally.
He has engaged in public debates on education and research policy, and in environment and policy advice; during 1994-1998, and again since 2005, he has served on the Swedish Government's Research Advisory Board.