Sustainability, science communication and social impact

Coralie Legrand is a freelance motion designer and illustrator, focusing on projects around sustainability, science communication and social impact. Her keynote speech: “Low-carbon development in East Africa: How to visually create impact”, will showcase storytelling as a tool for research communication, with the purpose of presenting research outputs and making the results accessible to wider audiences.

Hydropower solutions in Lesotho, South Africa

Hydro power solutions in Lesotho, South Africa. Photo: Yolanda Van Niekerk /  iStock / Getty Images .

Animated videos on renewable energy and dams

Coralie will showcase two animated videos that she is co-creating together with SEI’s Matthew Osborne for “Low-carbon development in East Africa” to support the research in its goal to reach practitioners in the renewable energy space.

The first video explains how the flood recession farming technique is being impacted by renewable energy through large dams. The second video takes an overall perspective on the research project and focuses on the hidden costs of renewable energy. She will also talk about other projects that she has created outside of SEI.

Agenda 7 April 2022

13.00    Welcome remarks

  • Janet Vähämäki, Director of SweDev and Development and Aid Policy team leader at SEI

13.05    Introduction

  • Matthew Osborne, Research Fellow, SEI

13.10    Low-carbon development in East Africa: How to visually create impact

  • Keynote by Coralie Legrand

13.40    Audience questions to the keynote speaker moderated by

  • Matthew Osborne, Research Fellow at SEI
  • Ylva Rylander, Communications Officer at SEI and for SweDev

13.55    Concluding remarks by

  • Janet Vähämäki, Director of SweDev and Development and Aid Policy team leader at SEI

About Coralie Legrand

Coralie Legrand, illustrator and graphic designer
Coralie Legrand. Photo: Alexandra Bertels .

Coralie is a freelance motion designer and illustrator from Brussels. Coralie uses storytelling and visual communication to break down complexity into digestible content to help create a wider impact with scientific research. Coralie will talk about the added value of design, illustration and animation in communication tools.

Her focus is on projects on sustainability, science communication and social impact. Coralie creates animated content and visual communication tools through storytelling and design to help deliver a message to raise awareness, inform or educate. More on

Dialogues on development research

The dialogue series on development research is organized by the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev ) and SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team.

The aim of the dialogues on development research is to spread findings of development research by creating a learning space where researchers can share their work in an informal and easily accessed setting. The dialogue series are targeting researchers, practitioners and policymakers within the development research area.

SEI's and SweDev's dialogues on development research
Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev)

The Swedish Development Research Network is a member-based network. SweDev aims to connect development researchers across Sweden to strengthen collaboration within the research community and to increase interaction between development researchers and practitioners. SweDev seeks to support the use of research-based knowledge for efficient policymaking and practice among actors working for the 2030 Agenda.

SweDev is generously funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida ) and led by a steering committee consisting of representatives from Swedish academic institutions.

Learn more about SweDev @SweDevNetwork .

SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team

The Development and Aid Policy Team at SEI perform research on topics related to human development and environment. The team conducts research from local to global scale, providing state of the art interdisciplinary research, analysis and training to inform policy and practice at the nexus of environment and development research and policy.

Working with partners around the world, the team aims to support more equitable and sustainable development through demand driven and solution-oriented research and decision support.

Learn more about SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team.