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Established in 1989, SEI York has a diverse research agenda including air pollution, climate change, sustainable consumption and human health. Often using a range of participatory approaches such as citizen science, we help policymakers in the UK and around the world make informed decisions for a sustainable future.

The new five-year agreement builds on a fruitful historical collaboration, and promises significant advances towards a more just and equitable world that enables societies to flourish in a healthy environment.

The event

Partnership working is at the core of what SEI York does. This event, which consisted of a panel discussion and networking/poster reception, showcased our research and our strength in partnership building to deliver impactful results.

Through a series of four case studies, you will hear how our researchers navigated the challenges and opportunities of partnership working, avoided common pitfalls and maintained momentum to deliver outcomes.

Event agenda

Time zone: BST



13:30 – 13:35

Chair: Rob Watt, Communications Director and Head of Strategic Policy Engagement, SEI HQ

  • Overview of event and introductions
13:35 – 13:40

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, University of York

  • University of York’s approach to partnerships and engagement and strategic priorities for the future.
  • The University of York – SEI York – SEI partnership and value that brings
13:40 – 13:45

Professor Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, SEI

  • SEI’s approach to partnerships and engagement, and strategic priorities for the future
  • The University of York – SEI York – SEI partnership and value that brings
13:45 – 13:50

Dr Sarah West, Centre Director, SEI York

  • SEI’s approach to partnerships and engagement
  • The University of York – SEI York – SEI partnership and value that brings

Case Studies:

SEI York researchers and external partners will share details about their projects involving partnerships working. They will discuss:

  • How the partnership started
  • The main challenges and opportunities
  • How they maintained momentum
  • How the partnership added value for all
  • What were the outcomes
  • Next steps
13:50 – 14:00

Case Study 1:

Commodity footprints – understanding the global environmental impacts of consumption and production

Simon Croft, Research Fellow, SEI York

Lawrence Way, Ecosystems Analysis (co-lead), Joint Nature Conservation Committee

14:00 – 14:10

Case Study 2:

Branching out – New routes to valuing urban treescapes

Alison Dyke, Research Associate, SEI York

Jonathan Dent, Natural Habitats Manager, St Nick’s

14:10 – 14:20

Case Study 3:

Air pollution and the private sector

Eleni Michalopolou, Research Associate, SEI York

Roderick Weller, Project Lead, Clean Air, World Economic Forum

14:20 – 14:30

Case Study 4:

Inclusive transport – improving mobility choices for vulnerable groups

Steve Cinderby, Senior Research Fellow

Carly Gilbert-Patrick, Sustainable Mobility Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

14:30 – 14:55

Q&A led by Chair

14:55 – 15:00

Closing remarks

15:00 – 16:30

Networking and poster showcase