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To meet ambitious climate targets, we must transform our energy systems, how we use natural resources, and how we produce and consume goods and food. We must also adapt to climate impacts. SEI focuses on effective, equitable ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change for a safer climate for all.


Projects and tools


Adaptation to climate change is a key area of SEI's research. In particular, we focus on adaptation policy and finance under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, vulnerability assessments, capacity building and community-based adaptation.

Climate policy

SEI’s work sheds light on major ethical issues in climate policy, examines key governance challenges, and offers new analytical frameworks centred on equity.

Climate services

Effective climate action should rest on reliable, relevant information. SEI's recognised expertise in climate science, policy engagement, decision-support tools and science communication make us uniquely well placed for the emerging field of climate services.

Disaster risk

Our research recognizes that disaster risk and development are closely linked: it is development processes that largely determine who and what is exposed to risk as well how much, and how effectively they can respond. SEI works to integrate disaster risk reduction with equitable, sustainable and resilient development.


Our research focuses on the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of the international climate finance regime, but also looks beyond it, at how the global financial system at large either supports or undermines the societal transitions needed to achieve sustainable development.

Fossil fuels

How do the institutions, investments and infrastructure that support fossil fuel production lock-in dependence on fossil fuels? What strategies can help societies shift away from such dependence? SEI addresses these questions through timely, policy-relevant research and communications.


Avoiding dangerous climate change requires ambitious action to deeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the international, national, and local community levels. SEI informs, supports and advises decision-makers and civil society on possible pathways to an equitable, low-carbon future.

Short-lived climate pollutants

We assess the impacts of and work to reduce the levels of short-lived climate pollutants – such as soot, methane and ozone – in the atmosphere. These agents affect human health and contribute to global warming.

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