Siddharth Sareen

Siddharth Sareen is an Associate Professor in Energy and Environment at the Department of Media and Social Sciences at University of Stavanger. He conducts research on the governance of energy transitions at multiple scales.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Media and Social Sciences


Siddharth Sareen teaches on the Masters programme in Energy, Environment and Society. His interdisciplinary research spans development studies, political ecology and human geography.

Research fields

Energy governance

Sustainability transitions

Human geography

Political ecology

Development studies


Science and technology studies

Resource management

Courses taught




Selected publications

Edited volumes

Siddharth Sareen. (ed) 2020. Enabling sustainable energy transitions: Practices of legitimation and accountable governance. Palgrave Macmillan.


Journal articles

Siddharth Sareen. 2020. Metrics for an accountable energy transition? Legitimating the governance of solar uptake. Geoforum 114: 30-39.


Jakob Grandin and Siddharth Sareen. 2020. What sticks? Ephemerality, permanence and local transition pathways. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 36: 72-82.


Nives DellaValle and Siddharth Sareen. 2020. Nudging and boosting for equity? Towards a behavioural economics of energy justice. Energy Research & Social Science 68: 101589.


Siddharth Sareen, Harriet Thomson, Sergio Tirado Herrero, Joa?o Gouveia, Ingmar Lippert and Aleksandra Lis. 2020. European energy poverty metrics: Scales, prospects and limits. Global Transitions 2: 26-36.


Siddharth Sareen and Jakob Grandin. 2020. European green capitals: Branding, spatial dislocation or catalysts for change? Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography. 102 (1): 101-117.


Siddharth Sareen, Andrea Saltelli and Kjetil Rommetveit. 2020. Ethics of Quantification: Illumination, Obfuscastion and Performative Legitimation. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 6: 20.


Siddharth Sareen and Haavard Haarstad. 2020. Legitimacy and Accountability in the Governance of Sustainable Energy Transitions. Global Transitions 2: 47-50.


Kenneth Nielsen, Siddharth Sareen and Patrik Oskarsson. 2020. The politics of caste in India's new land wars. Journal of Contemporary Asia.


Siddharth Sareen. 2020. Social and technical differentiation in smart meter rollout: Embedded scalar biases in automating Norwegian and Portuguese energy infrastructure. Humanities and Social Sciences 7: 25.


Michael Fell, Laura Pagel, Chien-fei Chen, Matthew Goldberg, Mario Herberz, Gesche Huebner, Siddharth Sareen and Ulf Hahnel. 2020. Validity of energy social research during and after COVID-19: challenges, considerations, and responses. Energy Research & Social Science 101646.


Patrik Oskarsson and Siddharth Sareen. 2019. Adivasiness as caste expression and land rights claim- making in central-eastern India. Journal of Contemporary Asia.


Siddharth Sareen and Kjetil Rommetveit. 2019. Smart gridlock? Challenging hegemonic framings of mitigation solutions and scalability. Environmental Research Letters 14: 075004.


Siddharth Sareen and Haavard Haarstad. 2018. Bridging socio-technical and justice aspects of sustainable energy transitions. Applied Energy 228: 624-632.


Siddharth Sareen and Sunila Kale. 2018. Solar ?power?: Socio-political dynamics of infrastructural development in two Western Indian states. Energy Research and Social Science 41: 270-278.


Siddharth Sareen and Iben Nathan. 2018. Under what conditions can local government nurture indigenous people?s democratic practice? A case study of two Ho village assemblies in Jharkhand. Journal of Development Studies 54 (8): 1354-1373.


Siddharth Sareen. 2018. Energy distribution trajectories in two Western Indian states: comparative politics and sectoral dynamics. Energy Research and Social Science 35: 17-27.


Siddharth Sareen, Douglas Baillie and Juergen Kleinwaechter. 2018. Transitions to future energy systems: Learning from a community testfield. Sustainability 10 (12): 4513.


Haavard Haarstad, Siddharth Sareen, Tarje Wanvik, Jakob Grandin, Kristin Kjæraas, Stina Oseland, Hanna Kvamsaas, Karin Lillevold and Marikken Wathne. 2018. Transformative social science? Modes of engagement in climate and energy solutions. Energy Research & Social Science 42: 193-197.


Siddharth Sareen. 2017. Who governs local access in Jharkhand? Mechanisms of access to government services. Forum for Development Studies 44 (2): 249-274.


Siddharth Sareen and Patrik Oskarsson. 2017. Discourse and Resource Conflict in Extractive Zones of India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 40(4).


Siddharth Sareen. 2017. Discourses around logging: Framing extraction of wood from West Singhbhum?s conflicted forests. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 40 (4): 862-877.


Siddharth Sareen. 2016. Seeing development as security: constructing top-down authority and inequitable access in Jharkhand. South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal 13.


Siddharth Sareen. 2016. Whose matkam? An ethnographic account of the political economy of mahua flowers. Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies 3 (1): 37-45.


Siddharth Sareen and Celie Manuel. 2016. Uphill tasks within Kumaon Himalayan communities: Multi- dimensional gendered inequalities in everyday life. Asia in Focus 3.


Book chapters

Siddharth Sareen. 2019. Interventions and aspirations: Constructing local governance through resource access and authority. In (eds. D'Costa, A. & A. Chakraborty) Changing contexts and shifting roles of the Indian state: New perspectives on development dynamics, Springer.


Siddharth Sareen and Emma Jane Lord. 2019. Mahua for Jharkhand?s Ho? An accountability analysis of minor forest product governance. In (eds. Bhagat-Ganguly V. & S. Kumar) India's Scheduled Areas: Untangling governance, law, and institutions, Routledge. Areas-Untangling-Governance-Law-and-Politics-1st/Bhagat-Ganguly-Kumar/p/book/9781138583726


Siddharth Sareen. 2018. Electricity distribution in Rajasthan: Unbundling the recurrent failures of a politicised sector. In (eds. Dubash N., S. Kale & R. Bharvirkar) Mapping Power: The political economy of electricity in India?s states, Oxford University Press. power-9780199487820


Siddharth Sareen. 2018. Gujarat?s success in efficient electricity distribution: A call for proactive governance to further gains. In (eds. Dubash N., S. Kale & R. Bharvirkar) Mapping Power: The political economy of electricity in India?s states, Oxford University Press.


Siddharth Sareen. 2016. The continuing marginalisation of adivasi livelihoods despite decentralisation: Resource extraction in Jharkhand?s West Singhbhum. In (eds K. B. Nielsen and P. Oskarsson) ?Industrialising India: Land, Policy, Resistance?, Routledge.

Working papers and reports

Siddharth Sareen and Steven Wolf. 2020. Accountability and sustainability transitions. Science Policy Research Unit Working Papers Series 2020-07 (May), University of Sussex.


Siddharth Sareen and Harriet Thomson (eds.) 2019. Moving beyond the state of the art in energy poverty measurement. ENGAGER European energy poverty network working group 2 report.


Co-author. 2018. Exponential Climate Action Roadmap. Future Earth Sweden.


Siddharth Sareen. 2017. Politics, procurement, bail-out and buy-in: Woes and ways for Rajasthan?s distribution sector. in-woes- and- ways-of-rajasthans-distribution-sector/. Working paper, Regulatory Assistance Project and Centre for Policy Research.


Siddharth Sareen. 2017. What powers success on the ground? The gradual reform of electricity distribution in Gujarat. ground-the- gradual- reform-of-electricity-distribution-in-gujarat/. Working paper, Regulatory Assistance Project and Centre for Policy Research.


Policy briefs

Co-author. 2020. Making the most of qualitative evidence for energy poverty mitigation: A research agenda and call for action. ENGAGER policy brief (Middlemiss, L. et al). content/uploads/2020/02/ENGAGER-Policy-Brief-No.-3-February-2020-Making-the-Most-of-Qualitative- Data-for-EP-Research-and-Action.pdf


Co-author. 2018. European Energy Poverty COST Action Policy Brief 1.


Co-author. 2018. Accelerating SDG7 Achievement: Policy Briefs in Support of the First SDG7 Review at the United Nations High Level Political Forum 2018.


Siddharth Sareen. 2016. Case studies of natural resource access in Jharkhand, India: Implications for ?democratic? decentralisation. Copenhagen Centre for Development Research Policy Brief Series.


Book reviews

Siddharth Sareen. 2018. Book review: Indigenist Mobilization: Confronting Electoral Communism and Precarious Livelihoods in Post-Reform Kerala, Luisa Steur, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19(4): 367-370.


Siddharth Sareen. 2017. Book review: The Burning Forest: India?s War in Bastar, Nandini Sundar, Journal of South Asian Development 12 (2): 209-212.


Work experience

Associate Professor in Energy and Environment, University of Stavanger (2020 onwards)

Visiting researcher, University of Bergen (2020 onwards)

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Bergen (2017-2020)

Visiting senior research fellow, University of Sussex (2019)

Visiting scholar, University of Washington Seattle (2018)

Postdoctoral research fellow, Erfurt University (2017)

Research consultant, Regulatory Assistance Project (2016-2017)

Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute of Economic Growth (2016)

Doctoral candidate, University of Copenhagen (2012-2016)

Project associate, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2012)

Independent consultant, Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (2011-2012)

Visiting researcher, Aarhus University (2011)

Freelance journalist, The Times Group (2009-2011)