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 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.[4]

Organizational structure[edit]

Executive Directors[edit]

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]

  • Managing environmental systems[14]
  • Reducing climate risk[15]
  • Transforming governance[16]
  • Rethinking development[17]

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

Specialist Programmes[edit]

Associated Organizations[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ a b c About SEI
  4. ^ Green Consumer Guide
  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