SEI is an international nonprofit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI bridges science and policy to find robust responses to the challenges of sustainability.
SEI’s vision is a sustainable future for all. Our 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”.
SEI’s Asia Centre in Bangkok
SEI Asia 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.
The SEI Asia Centre, with a team of 14 nationalities from the region and beyond, focuses on building and strengthening partnerships with government departments, academia, policy-makers, private sector and civil society, to ensure we are all working together, to stimulate discussions and debates on sustainable approaches to development and to catalyze solutions to the most pressing environment and development issues we face.
Integrating our participatory approaches with our technical expertise, we ensure that, while our work is evidence-based, it integrates broader social, cultural and political factors to benefit all. We work with partners to support, co-develop, and share knowledge and offer sustainable and evidence-based options, to support countries to develop on a more sustainable path, while incorporating the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for a better future for all.
Our work is divided into research clusters that focus on these critical areas: gender, environment and development, reducing disaster risk, water resources management, adaptation to climate change, agriculture in transition, Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) and urbanization. The clusters are supported by enhanced communications and operations. We aim to produce evidence-based science crucial for leaders in civil society, the private sector and government, to positively influence policy decisions throughout Asia and beyond.
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.
The SEI Asia is hosting SUMERNET, which aims to support the sustainable development of the Mekong Region through scientifically robust, policy-relevant research and outreach. Read more about SUMERNET». In addition, 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. Read more about this conference support opportunity».
Furthermore, SEI Asia is coordinating the SEI Initative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (TDDR), an initiative that 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».
SEI Asia is also involved with the Gender and Social Equity (GSE) Programme, which aims to deepen SEI’s engagement with issues of gender and social equity in the context of development, foster collaborations, and strengthen our capacity in this field. Read more about the GSE Programme».
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.
Read more about the past ten years of work of the Asia Centre:
- Stories of change from Asia».
- Download the SEI Strategy 2015-2019»
- Download the Asia Centre Brochure (1.1MB)
- Download the Asia Centre Strategy 2017-2019 (1.1MB)
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