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Stockholm Environment Institute - York

Bridging science, policy and practice

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An independent, international research institute specialising in environment and development research for over 30 years.

We are action-oriented, working closely with decision-makers and stakeholders in all our research projects. Our research is geared towards translating scientific evidence into information upon which sound policy and practice can be developed, and through which behaviour can be changed. We are ranked consistently as a world-leading environment think-tank.

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Research areas

The SEI York research centre contains five core areas. Our researchers – including our cohort of PhD students - work at international, national and local scales, with a presence both within the local and regional community and around the University of York, and in many high, middle and low-income countries.

World leading

Consistently ranked as one of the top environment think-tanks


We have offices in Stockholm (HQ), Bangkok, Bogota, Nairobi, Oxford, Tallinn and across the US.


Celebrating over 30 years of excellence

Postgraduate study with SEI

Doing a PhD with SEI at our York office gives you the opportunity to study in a beautiful medieval city in northern England, surrounded by world-class researchers who are working on environment and development issues at a local, national, regional and global level. 

Our staff and PhD students sit together in a large, bright office in a new building on the Heslington West campus at the University of York. We are an international and diverse group of people, welcoming of everyone. We offer full and part-time options for study.

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