Stockholm Environment Institute

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Stockholm Environment Institute
SEI logo short.png
Abbreviation SEI
Motto Bridging Science and Policy
Formation 1989
Type Foundation
Headquarters Stockholm,  Sweden
Region served
Official language
Executive Director
Johan L. Kuylenstierna
121 223 196 SEK (Foundation: 2014)[1]
193 (2014)[2]

The Stockholm Environment Institute, or SEI, is a non-profit, independent research and policy institute specialising in sustainable development and environmental issues.[3]


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."[3]


SEI works on climate change, energy systems, water resources, air quality, land-use, sanitation, food security, and trade issues with the aim to shift policy and practice towards sustainability.[3]

SEI is also commissioned to write reports by third parties.[citation needed]

Specialist programmes[edit]


Associated organizations[edit]


Organizational structure[edit]

Executive Directors[edit]

  • 1989–1990 Gordon T. Goodman
  • 1991-1995 Michael J. Chadwick
  • 1996-1999 Nicholas C. Sonntag
  • 2000 Bert Bolin (interim Executive Director)[5]
  • 2000 Lars J. Nilsson (interim Executive Director)
  • 2000-2004 Roger Kasperson
  • 2004–2012 Johan Rockström
  • 2012–Present Johan L. Kuylenstierna

Board of Directors[edit]

SEI is registered in Sweden as a foundation (STIFT THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE, SEI) and is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government of Sweden for terms of four years.[6] The SEI board was first established on 21 June 1989

List of SEI Board Chairs[edit]


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

  • Stockholm, Sweden (headquarters)[7] (established 1989)
  • US: Boston, MA; Davis, CA; Seattle, WA[8] (established 1989)
  • York, UK[9] (established 1989)
  • Oxford, UK[10] (established 2002)
  • Tallinn, Estonia [11] (established 1992)
  • Bangkok, Thailand[12] (established 2003)
  • Nairobi, Kenya[13] (established 2008)

The institute itself is organized into four broad research themes:[3]

In addition to these four themes, there is also a China Cluster[18] which operates at a research programme level and is focused on sustainability issues in China

Funding sources[edit]

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is SEI's main donor. SEI also receives funding from development agencies, governments, NGOs, universities, businesses, and financial institutions.[19]

The Top 5 funding sources for 2015 were:[19]

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy via Formas
  • European Commission
  • World Bank
  • The Swedish Research Council Formas

For example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also provides funds to SEI in the area of maternal health[19] and in sustainable sanitation.[20][21] At the SEI Science Forum in 2015, Melinda Gates took part to discuss sustainability and gender torgether with SEI staff to help shape SEI's future research.[19][22]


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.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ a b c d About SEI
  4. ^ "1st SuSanA meeting, Eschborn, January 2007, Germany". Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ SEI Stockholm
  8. ^ SEI US
  9. ^ SEI York
  10. ^ SEI Oxford
  11. ^ SEI Tallinn
  12. ^ SEI Asia
  13. ^ SEI Africa
  14. ^ Managing Environmental Systems
  15. ^ Reducing Climate Risk
  16. ^ Transforming Governance
  17. ^ Rethinking Development
  18. ^ SEI China Cluster
  19. ^ a b c d "Annual Report". Stockholm Environment Institute. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  20. ^ Elisabeth von Muench, Dorothee Spuhler, Trevor Surridge, Nelson Ekane, Kim Andersson, Emine Goekce Fidan, Arno Rosemarin (2013) Sustainable Sanitation Alliance members take a closer look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s sanitation grants, Sustainable Sanitation Practice Journal, Issue 17, p. 4-10
  21. ^ "Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform". Sanitation Updates. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Youtube video: Melinda Gates 'Gender aspects of global development'". Stockholm Environment Institute. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 

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