Published opinions written or co-written by SEI researchers, often in major newspapers from around the world.


Forskare: FN:s mål är universella

Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Johan Rockström Monday, 24 August 2015 13:53

In this editorial rebuttal published in Svenska Dagbladet, Johan L. Kuylenstierna, (SEI) and Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Centre) argue that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are universal, and that Sweden can and should play an important role.


The Trouble With China's 'One Belt One Road' Strategy

Written by Jiayi Zhou, Karl Hallding, and Guoyi Han Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:00

Is using infrastructure investments to create demand for Chinese goods in developing countries a panacea for overproduction, or a distraction from deeper economic reforms?

Source: The Diplomat


Nationell samling behövs för FN:s globala hållbarhetsmål

Written by Nina Weitz, Måns Nilsson and Åsa Persson Tuesday, 19 May 2015 23:00

This article, published to coincide with global negotiations on the post-2015 development framework in May 2015, calls for partnership among different sectors for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Sweden.

Fem steg för mer lyckad vetenskapskommunikation

Written by Robert Watt Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:52

If we want to narrow the gap between scientific research and public debate, we need to listen, build relationships and engage in dialogue.

Source: Extrakt, Sweden


We need to learn from the needs of the poorest

Written by Paul Steele and Aaron Atteridge Friday, 27 March 2015 23:00

This article argues for a “bottom-up” approach to development and climate finance that recognizes the situation of the poorest individuals and relate to their specific needs.

Source: Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh


Enabling architecture

Written by Jenny Roe and Amanda Nioi Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

This article argues design is integral to thinking about social care, and offers examples of how enabling architecture can help older people to flourish in later life despite frailty, chronic ill health or impairment.

Source: Architecture Ireland


NAZCA Portal: Capturing and catalysing climate action at all levels

Written by Sander Chan, Pieter Pauw, Harro van Asselt, Tom Hale and Todd Edwards Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

This article highlights the value of the NAZCA Climate Action Portal, which aims to demonstrate the strategic action being taken by non-state actors either individually or as part of cooperative initiatives.

Outreach, UK


A wealth of untapped potential: How low-carbon innovation can fuel economic growth

Written by Marion Davis and Tan Copsey Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

This article, based on the work of the New Climate Economy project, highlights how addressing climate risk can create opportunities for businesses and governments to promote innovation and economic growth.

Source: Outreach, UK


Taking a longer view of recovery in the world’s most disaster-prone region

Written by Frank Thomalla, Michael Boyland, Karlee Johnson and Louis Lebel Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

This article argues for a more holistic, longer-term and resilience-oriented approach to addressing disaster risk reduction and recovery, and describes a new project led by SEI Asia that aims to understand how to handle recovery more effectively. 

Source: Outreach, UK


Assessing the EU’s new climate and energy framework

Written by Harro van Asselt Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

This article looks at some of the economic and competitiveness issues raised by the climate targets proposed by the European Union, the world’s largest single market.

Source: BIORES, Switzerland


Brazil's environmental record hangs in the balance

Written by Toby Gardner Friday, 07 November 2014 13:01

In the past decade Brazil has constructed the largest network of protected areas, including indigenous lands, in the world. The federal government also launched a major programme to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Thanks in large part to these initiatives, clearance of Amazonian forests decreased by 83% between its peak in 2004 and 2011. This is rightly heralded as one of greatest environmental success stories of the 21st century. But are things about to change?

SEI Research Fellow Toby Gardner writes about the threats to the country’s unique ecosystems from a series of legislative changes that are weakening conservation and threaten to undermine Brazil’s global environmental leadership.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation www.trust.org


Climate change adaptation a hot topic for the Swedish forestry sector

Written by Johan Kuylenstierna, Åsa Gerger Swartling, Gregor Vulturius, Olle Olsson, Peter Repinski Monday, 06 October 2014 20:11


A new study by SEI shows that over a third of forest owners believe that they lack the knowledge and capacity to adapt their forestry to climate change. Collaboration between researchers, authorities, forest companies and forest owners is necessary to raise the level of knowledge, find appropriate solutions for increasing adaptation capacity, and so avoid unnecessary costs for both society and the industry. 

Source: Skogsaktuellt 2014 (translated)


Ny tid kräver nytt politiskt ledarskap

Written by Johan Kuylenstierna et al Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:50

Sveriges kommande regering måste inleda ett omfattande förändringsarbete, där målet är en mer hållbar ekonomi med nollutsläpp av växthusgaser. Riksdag, regering och kommuner måste också samspela mer effektivt och dynamiskt. Det skriver sju företag och organisationer med ett hållbart samhälle i fokus. Supervalåret 2014 ger oss möjligheter till en bredare politisk diskussion vad gäller den samverkan och de åtgärder som behövs - i Sverige såväl som internationellt. Samspelet mellan miljö- och klimatmålen, resurseffektivisering och den ekonomiska politiken kräver ramverk som är bade långsiktiga och öppnar för breda lösningar, primärt över blockgränserna, Dessa frågor är inte mindre viktiga frågor än den traditionella utrikes- eller säkerhetspolitiken.

Source: Insider Almedalen 2014


Toilets for all: a big challenge for India’s government

Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, WASH Institute Friday, 20 June 2014 19:23

Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, CEO of the WASH Institute, discuss the challenges of universal sanitation in India and the key role productive sanitation could play.

Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust.org


Integrated Flood-Risk Management in Sweden

Written by Åse Johannessen and Jakob Granit Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:00

Government Gazette, EU


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