SEI was set up in 1989 to take forward the fundamental insight of the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment: that global environment and development challenges must be addressed at the same time, as one. This is still not mainstream practice, but it is SEI’s guiding principle.
Over the past 20 years SEI has generated, synthesised and communicated knowledge for evidence-based policies that support sustainable development in the North and South. SEI’s role is to provide solutions to environment and development challenges through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research, combined with on-the-ground capacity building.
SEI fills a critical gap between fundamental science and implementation. It draws upon close partnerships with universities and knowledge institutes around the world for input to its applied and integrated research. Similarly, it works with partners from the public and private sector to trans-late its knowledge into improved practice on the ground.
SEI’s main contribution to NORD-STAR is in Projects 2 and 4, focusing on the policy aspects of climate adaptation in the Nordic countries within a broader global context, including the effects of trade and development assistance. SEI also analyses the possible implications on the Nordic region of climate impacts elsewhere in the world.
Disciplinary expertise of the team: Climate policy, vulnerability, finance, adaptation, bioenergy, energy, innovation.