Knut H. Sørensen, PhD

Visiting Researcher, IoES

Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Knut H. Sørensen is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and during 2017 Visiting Researcher at Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. He has an M. Sc. in Applied Physics (1976) and a PhD in Organization Studies (1982). He has previously been employed as research scientist, postdoctoral fellow, founding director of NTNU’s Centre for technology and society, and Professor of Sociology. Sørensen was Visiting scholar at MIT in 1983, Visiting Professor at University of California, San Diego in 1996 and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University throughout 2009.

Currently, a main focus of Sørensen’s research is the study of sustainability transitions with emphasis on energy-related policy-making and public engagement with respect to energy citizenship and energy dialogues. He is part of the national Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies – CenSES. Sørensen is also presently engaged with researching the gender balance among university professors and with a study of enactments of responsibility among biomedical and nano scientists. He has extensive experience from interdisciplinary research collaboration with engineers and architects. Sørensen is author/co-author/editor/co-editor of 10 books, has published 33 papers in refereed journals, and 37 book chapters in academic edited collections.