Our SEI researchers share their expert opinons and perspectives on a broad range of issues and topics.


Arctic change and other challenges for tomorrow’s leaders

Written by Annika E. Nilsson Tuesday, 12 September 2017 23:00

Discussing Arctic Change – Global Challenge at University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. Photo source: GMFUS
Fifteen young people with life experience from across the world collectively identified social political upheaval and climate shifts as the two most important challenges they will face.

Does green infrastructure represent a sound investment opportunity?

Written by Steve Cinderby Friday, 08 September 2017 11:35


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Will introducing green roofs, green walls, rain gardens and planting trees improve our cities?

Exploring gender inequality in the Lower Mekong Region: Creating a sub-national Gender Inequality Index (GII)

Written by Rajesh Daniel Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:00

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SEI is developing a provincial-level gender inequality index for Cambodia and Vietnam for better analysis of gender gaps and vulnerabilities in the Mekong Region. It can also help assess the gendered dimensions of climate change risk.


Leveraging agrobiodiversity: a recipe for food forever and happily ever after

Written by Ekaterina Bessonova Monday, 21 August 2017 23:00

Maize diversity. Photo credit: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr
Leveraging diversity enables us to accomplish great things together. So why then have we been persistently getting rid of diversity in our food?

Gender and social equity: insights from the SEI Science Forum in Bangkok

Written by Rajesh Daniel Thursday, 27 July 2017 04:27

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How can researchers better integrate gender equality and social equity analysis in their work? Some perspectives from the SEI Science Forum in Bangkok in June.

A sustainable Europe through business unusual

Written by Lauri Tammiste Friday, 30 June 2017 11:53

"Beautiful Tallinn" - Tallinn is the captial and largest city in Estonia. Photo credit: Mike Beales via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
We need business unusual and Estonia’s successful track record in the last 25 years gives us hope that it will be able to make its mark, writes Lauri Tammiste.

Biomass and biofuels in the EU: Emotion-based policymaking?

Written by Francis X. Johnson Friday, 30 June 2017 08:27

A first-generation ethanol plant and bio-refinery in Sweden, that achieves 90% GHG reductions. Credit: Lantmännen Agroetanol.
The European Commission’s tinkering on biomass policy effectively promotes oil over economically viable and sustainable biofuels, writes Francis X. Johnson.

Prevent climate risk in coasts, before it’s too late

Written by Karina Barquet, Oscar Ferreria & Ap van Dongeren Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:00

The Disaster Management Cycle. Credit: RISC-KIT - Tools (van Dongeren et al.)
How viewing disaster risk reduction as an integrated chain of actions could help the success of cities’ plans to mitigate and adapt to climate risk, and to prevent our coasts from washing away.

Five ways to address fossil fuel subsidies through the WTO and international trade agreements

Written by Peter Wooders and Cleo Verkuijl Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:30

Oil-drilling platform in the Brent Field, North Sea. Photo credit: UN Photo/Exxon Photo via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Can the international trade system be a catalyst for reforming fossil fuel subsidies to help relieve the burden on the public purse, reduce local and global air pollution, improve energy security and tackle climate change?

You need to understand SDG interactions – here’s why

Written by Måns Nilsson and Martin Visbeck Friday, 19 May 2017 11:48

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A new interactions framework could be a key to effective SDG implementation by G20 governments.

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Three ways a Nordic region Agenda 2030 initiative will add value

Written by Åsa Persson, Clarisse Kehler Siebert, Caspar Trimmer, Mikko Halonen and Susanna Sepponen Friday, 19 May 2017 10:52

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A summary of recommendations on a Nordic Cooperation programme.



Wanted: public participants to make the Paris Agreement work

Written by Harro van Asselt Monday, 15 May 2017 23:00

Calling on members of civil society to help design and monitor policies to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals.

Lessons from disaster risk reduction in Indonesia

Written by Frank Thomalla Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:18

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Indonesia has invested significantly in restructuring its governance institutions to transform its disaster governance system from focusing on post-disaster response to taking a comprehensive and integrated approach.



Do we need a common knowledge platform on SDG interactions?

Written by Måns Nilsson Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:59

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Måns Nilsson argues that a new framework could give a major boost to implementation and dialogue.



Baselines for assessing urban GHG abatement need to be transparent

Written by Peter Erickson and Derik Broekhoff Friday, 21 April 2017 22:53

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Is "hot air" distorting estimates of cities' potential for climate mitigation?


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