– bridging science and policy
We are an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges.
We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.
Our work spans climate, water, air, and land-use issues, and integrates evidence and perspectives on governance, the economy, gender and human health.
SEI’s approach is highly collaborative: stakeholder involvement is at the heart of our efforts to build capacity, strengthen institutions and equip partners for the long term.
We make sure our knowledge and findings are clearly communicated and accessible to decision-makers and civil-society. We publish our own open access material, and in leading academic journals, and repackage our research to offer effective decision support.
To promote debate and share knowledge we convene decision-makers, academics and practitioners, and engage with policy processes, development action and business practice throughout the world.
We are committed to transparency and believe that full disclosure of our finances and funding builds trust in our work. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is our largest single donor, but we also receive broad support from other development agencies, governments, NGOs, universities, businesses, and financial institutions.
- International – SEI has offices in five continents around the world, and works locally, regionally and globally.
- Trusted – decision-makers and the academic community recognize us as an independent and non-partisan institute.
- Credible – our research is objective, and supported by rigorous peer review.
- Relevant – only joined-up research can solve joined-up problems: our work makes connections across the natural, physical, and social sciences, allowing us to take new angles on key issues and offer robust, insightful policy advice.
SEI’s five-year strategy
SEI has been providing knowledge and solutions for sustainability for the past 25 years – a period of dizzying economic, social, and environmental change. Our strategy for 2015–19 builds on our strengths and supports innovation so that SEI can better respond to emerging challenges – and harness opportunities – to contribute to a better future for all. It is based on thorough consultations with our staff, Board, Scientific Advisory Council and external partners. It also builds on SEI’s previous strategy and the experience gained from the past five years of successful development.
The strategy steers SEI’s research direction, policy engagement, and capacity development for the coming five years. It also sets out our goals for communication, our signature tools and information technology, management and finances, and how we learn as an organization and monitor our work. Each of the elements in this strategy feeds into and supports the others, and all of them underpin the outcomes we strive for.