Stockholm Environment Institute

Bridging science and policy

SEI’s goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy.

We believe that scientific insights can guide us through change and should inform decision-making and public policy. We also believe that local knowledge and values are crucial in building sustainable lives, and we help to build capacity and strengthen institutions to equip our partners for the long term. 

Our research tackles overarching issues such as climate change, energy systems, water and urbanization, as well as specific problems such as air pollution. Our energy scenarios, sustainability modeling and vulnerability assessments inform policy and support decision-making around the globe. 

SEI combines the qualities of:

  • an independent, non-profit, international research organization with a rich diversity of perspectives and expertise
  • an honest broker that supports and guides decision-makers in handling complex environmental, developmental and social issues
  • a team of researchers committed to rigorous and objective analysis, and
  • an agent for change that promotes transitions to a more sustainable world.

Who we work with

We engage with four core audiences in the North and South: academia, public policy decision-makers, media and NGOs. SEI is also a trusted convener of dialogues that bridge constituencies through events such as the Nobel Dialogues at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). We also reach out to the business sector by presenting insights that are relevant for companies at special events geared to their interests and needs.

About SEI

SEI has seven centres distributed across nine locations around the world in Europe (Stockholm, Oxford, York and Tallinn), the U.S. (Somerville, Davis and Seattle) Asia (Bangkok) and Africa (Nairobi). SEI’s headquarters is in Stockholm.

The Stockholm Environment Institute was formed by the Swedish Government in 1989 as an independent, international research institute. Its name invokes the principles of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm.


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