Kaja Peterson has been working at the SEI Tallinn since 1993. She is a senior researcher and since 2000, the director of the Sustainable Development Programme and since 2016, leading also the centre’s Climate and Energy Programme.
Her fields of interest and research include environmental policy, specifically environmental assessment issues, such as the methods of impact assessment, environmental management, the process of public involvement and the consideration of results of public involvement in decision-making. She has published several books, guidelines and papers on these issues and is also a respected lecturer on these topics.
She graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1987 as a Biologist-Ecologist and from the Victorian University of Manchester, UK, in 1992 as an Environmental Scientist and defended her PhD in January 2011 on Environmental Assessment.