Stockholm Environment Institute

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Stockholm Environment Institute
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Abbreviation SEI
Motto Bridging Science and Policy
Formation 1989
Type Foundation
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Region served International
Official language English
Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna
Budget 107,900,000 SEK (Foundation: 2013)[1]
Staff 181 (2013)

The Stockholm Environment Institute, or SEI, is a non-profit, independent research and policy institute specialising in sustainable development and environmental issues.[2]


SEI's mission is to "support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development."[2]


SEI was established in 1989 as an initiative of the Government of Sweden. The name of the Stockholm Environment Institute is derived from the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm.


SEI is commissioned to write reports by third parties which are frequently quoted in the press.[3]

Executive Directors[edit]

Organizational structure[edit]

SEI has a total staff of about 181 and operates through seven centres:

  • Stockholm, Sweden (headquarters)[5] (established 1989)
  • US: Boston, MA; Davis, CA; Seattle, WA[6] (established 1989)
  • York, UK[7] (established 1989)
  • Oxford, UK[8] (established 1992)
  • Tallinn, Estonia [9] (established 1992)
  • Bangkok, Thailand[10] (established 2003)
  • Nairobi, Kenya[11] (established 2008)

The institute itself is organized into four broad research themes:[2]

  • Managing environmental systems[12]
  • Reducing climate risk[13]
  • Transforming governance[14]
  • Rethinking development[15]

In addition to these four themes, there is also a China Cluster[16] which operates at a research programme level and is focused on sustainability issues in China

Specialist Programmes[edit]

Associated Organizations[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c About SEI
  3. ^ Green Consumer Guide
  4. ^
  5. ^ SEI Stockholm
  6. ^ SEI US
  7. ^ SEI York
  8. ^ SEI Oxford
  9. ^ SEI Tallinn
  10. ^ SEI Asia
  11. ^ SEI Africa
  12. ^ Managing Environmental Systems
  13. ^ Reducing Climate Risk
  14. ^ Transforming Governance
  15. ^ Rethinking Development
  16. ^ SEI China Cluster