Stockholm Environment Institute

weADAPT is developed and maintained by the Oxford Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

SEI is an independent international research institute. We have been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than 20 years. SEI currently has offices in: Stockholm, Sweden (HQ); Oxford, UK; York, UK; Bangkok, Thailand; Nairobi, Kenya; Tallinn, Estonia; Somerville (MA), USA; Davis (CA), USA; and Seattle (WA), USA.

SEI was formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government and celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2009. The Institute has established a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development.

Our goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy. We do this by providing integrated analysis that supports decision makers.

SEI’s five-year strategy and four research themes

Our five-year strategy for 2010–2014 is founded on a wide-ranging consultation with partners and stakeholders around the world. The strategy takes a global outlook on the next decade’s key environment and development challenges, and focuses on where SEI’s competence can best meet these challenges and advance sustainable development.

To this end, we have transformed SEI’s previous research programmes into four overarching themes:

These themes will enable us to take our research to a new level. For example, by integrating sustainable sanitation, water resource management, air pollution abatement, and stewardship of ecosystem services we will be able to support a new green revolution in Africa that responds to the need for climate adaptation.

10 years of weADAPTweADAPT has been sharing knowledge on climate adaptation for the last 10 years.

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Gendered Adaptation to Drought in El Sauce, Nicaragua

A gendered culture in Nicaragua has led to a differentiated capacity to respond to drought, men being able to adapt and women experiencing a downward spiral in capacity and increasing vulnerability.

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What roles could private actors play in agricultural adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa?

This study examines proposals for 197 projects to determine the diversity of agricultural adaptation options available and to what extent private actors are involved with them in sub-Saharan Africa

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Learning from failures in communication

This article captures the key findings from a workshop at ECCA 2017 that aimed to have open discussions around experiences with adaptation communication to share and learn from what hasn’t worked.

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Is adaptation reducing vulnerability or redistributing it?

Building on earlier work in maladaptation, this article explores the extent to which concerns about vulnerability redistribution have influenced different realms of adaptation practice.

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Trade-offs in development and disaster risk decision-making

A discussion brief from SEI's TDDR Initiative considers key trade-offs found in development and DRR decision-making in search of spaces for transformation. 

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Decentralising climate finance: insights from Kenya and Ethiopia

This paper explores different mechanisms for delivering climate finance at the local level.

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Gender and Social Equality

This theme aims to deepen engagement on issues of gender and social equality in the context of environment and development, foster collaborations and strengthen capacity.

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Adaptation without Borders

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 

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Climate Finance

This theme focuses on how to ensure that climate finance serves to achieve meaningful, long-term change in economic and social development trajectories, particularly for developing countries.

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Transforming Development and Disaster Risk

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  

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To improve the capacity of research and training institutions in developing countries to support climate change adaptation and mitigation action.

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EcoAdapt - Ecosystem‐based strategies and innovations in water governance networks in Latin American landscapes 

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Philip Osano

at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Robert Ochieng

at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Lisa Segnestam

Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Howard Cambridge

Env Dept, Heslington, University of York at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Alexa Waud

Intern with the Stockholm Environment Institute at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Sarah Dickin

Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Francisco Flores

at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Kevin Adams

Research Associate at Stockholm Environment Institute, at AdaptationWatch
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Sam Woor

weADAPT Knowledge Management Support at Stockholm Environment Institute, at University of Oxford
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Liz Daniels

Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Helen Burmeister

at Stockholm Environment Institute
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Brian Joyce

Senior Scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute