15th Floor, Witthyakit Building,
254 Chulalongkorn University,
Chulalongkorn Soi 64,
Phyathai Road, Pathumwan,
Tel: +66 225 144 15
The Asia Centre in Bangkok plays a key role in fulfilling SEI’s mission to bridge science and policy to help advance sustainable development, through research, capacity-building, and engagement with stakeholders.
Formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government, it has built a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development. SEI Asia has a multinational staff with strong connections across the region.
Some of our staff specialize in research; others specialize in project and programme management, with a particular focus on policy impact. We carry out original research, plan and run trainings and capacity-building exercises, and synthesize existing knowledge to inform debate on emerging policy challenges. Both researchers and programme managers at the Asia Centre hold advanced degrees in the social and physical sciences.
SEI Asia has expertise in adaptation science, environmental education, environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure, environmental science, development communications, disaster risk reduction, gender, geochemistry, geography, hydrology and water resources engineering, natural resource management, rural and regional development planning, social economy, sociology and public policy.
Aiming to actively contribute to a transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable development in Asia, the Centre has made it a priority to build a strong network of research and policy organizations in the region and to provide platforms to share knowledge and engage stakeholders. We also emphasize linking research to policy-makers and building capacity among regional partners, to enable them to more effectively inform and influence policy.
SEI Asia is hosting the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET). SUMERNET aims to support the sustainable development of the Mekong Region through scientifically robust, policy-relevant research and outreach. Read more about SUMERNET».
SEI Asia is managing the Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme, funded by Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which aims to promote dialogue and knowledge-sharing among different groups and stakeholders, with the goal of helping to shape public policy to advance sustainable development. SEI Asia will provide a total of 1,200,000 SEK (roughly 185,000 USD) to be awarded annually supporting 5-6 strategic events each year. Read more about this conference support opportunity».
SEI Asia is coordinating the SEI Initative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (TDDR). The TDDR Initiative seeks to integrate disaster risk reduction with equitable, sustainable and resilient development. It will carry out context-specific research on a range of disaster risks to pursue development that enables society to take account of new and emerging risks. TDDR is one of eight SEI research initiatives on key issues around sustainable development that the Institute is well placed to address. Read more about the SEI Initiative on TDDR».
In 2014, the Asia Centre started the “Ayeyarwady Futures»” programme to formally begin work in Myanmar, signing an agreement with the country’s Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems to support participatory water resources planning and assessment in the Ayeyarwady River Basin.