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


Will social movements focused on fossil fuel supply help solve the climate crisis?

Written by Georgia Piggot Monday, 18 December 2017 18:49

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The past decade has seen the rise of the "keep-it-in-the-ground" movement. What influence will it have on climate policy?

Transition lessons from Colombian coal politics

Written by Claudia Strambo Tuesday, 28 November 2017 18:26

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The political dynamics of Colombia's coal sector holds broader lessons about the global transition away from coal extraction.

SDG implementation: from policy dilemmas to smart prioritizing

Written by Annie Sturesson Monday, 06 November 2017 09:18

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SEI's Annie Sturesson explains why a new SEI-UNDP pilot project will help Sri Lanka's government to build interactions between the SDGs into national implementation plans.


Is land a renewable resource?

Written by Francis X. Johnson Monday, 25 September 2017 14:30

Tilling soil in Senegal. Land degradation is a prominent problem in Senegal. Photo credit: IFPRI/Milo Mitchell [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr
In light of recent UN efforts to leverage finance for sustainable land management, Francis X. Johnson discusses its benefits and what’s needed to realize it.

Gender inequality is a significant barrier to sustainable development

Written by Pin Pravalprukskul Friday, 15 September 2017 05:13

A woman in rural Cambodia waters her home garden. Despite women’s high level of involvement in agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region, less than one in five women hold secure tenure to their farm land. Photo by Pin Pravalprukskul, SEI

A high-level side event at the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in Bangkok identified the most pressing gender issues in environment-related sectors. But critical gender concerns still remain unaddressed.


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

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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

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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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