SEI ranked as 6th Environment "Think Tank" in the World

Posted on 25 January 2013

SEI improves its position for the third year in a row.

For the third year in a row Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) moves up the rankings in the Global Go To Think Tank Index, placed for 2012 as the 6th most influential environment think tank in the world – and the leading one outside the U.S. – up from 8th position in 2011.

From an assessment of more than 6,500 think tanks around the world, SEI now ranks number six out of the world's environment think tanks. The index is published in the 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Report, compiled annually by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

Johan L. Kuylenstierna, SEI Executive Director, said, "Naturally we are very pleased to be recognised as one of the world's top environment think tanks. It is testimony to the quality of SEI's research and our growing impact on policy and decision making, and I want to pay particular tribute to all of SEI's staff, partners and associates. Motivated staff and strong and effective partnerships are at the core of what we do, and will always be a priority. Our focus on outreach and direct engagement with key audiences also played a prominent role in 2012. In the coming year we’ll continue to build on our partnerships and research capacity to strengthen our support for decision making on sustainable development.”

The Global GoTo Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy-makers and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 17 criteria. The purpose of the rankings is to help improve the profile and performance of think tanks. According to the report the value of the ranking process is to recognize some of the world's leading think tanks and to “highlight the important contribution that think tanks make to governments and civil societies around the world”.


Lord Mayor to plant Jubilee Royal Oak in New Earswick

Posted on 12 November 2012

The Lord Mayor of York is to plant a Royal Oak in his own ward of New Earswick this Saturday to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Photo call: Saturday 17 November, 10.30am, Willow Bank Green, New Earswick

Contact: Kate Lock 07792 633984 or email

The Royal Oak sapling, grown from an acorn gathered from a royal estate, will be planted on Willow Bank, along with 420 copse trees, following a successful bid to the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project by the local community and partners.

The bid, which was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the Good Life Initiative, was for 420 copse trees, including hawthorn, rowan, dogwood, hazel, silver birch and wild cherry. They will be planted in small copses on the north end of Willow Bank green, providing year-round colour as well as improving the biodiversity of the area.

Residents in the conservation village, which was founded by Joseph Rowntree, came together to apply for the community pack of saplings from the Jubilee Woods project, which aims to plant six million trees in the UK for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The trees also count towards Treemendous York’s bid to plant 50,000 trees in York.

Local people were involved with surveying the area, planning the planting design and consulting with the community. ‘The group consulted residents back in January, through the New Earswick newsletter, door-to-door, on the street and at a public consultation and the result was fantastic – everyone was in favour of it,’ said Kate Lock, research associate for The Good Life Initiative, which has been working with the community in New Earswick for the past 18 months.

‘We know the area is popular for children to play out on, and also with dog-walkers, so plenty of room is being left for “the fetching of the ball’ – for people and dogs!’ said Kate. 

The community group, which called themselves ‘the Jubilee Leaf Project’, is headed up by New Earswick Parish Councillor Vic Atkins, a former supervisor gardener for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, who has planted over 100 of New Earswick’s trees during his 50-year career.

The planting takes place this Saturday, 17 November, from 10.00am and is supported by The Conservation Volunteers and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust as well as The Good Life. Volunteers are welcome – equipment will be provided but please bring a spade if you have one. Free refreshments will be available.  In the event of heavy rain the event may be postponed; please check the New Earswick Good Life Initiative Facebook site or Twitter (@GoodLifeNE) for updates.  More information: 07792 633984 or email



REAP Petite relaunched

Posted on 16 November 2012

New enhanced version of online community carbon calculator

SEI have relaunched Reap-Petite, the community footprinting tool. This allows individuals and households to calculate the impacts of their daily consumption on the environment, taking a holistic approach by looking at travel, power, food, activities and shopping habits.

Some changes have recently been made to the tool based on the feedback from users, and a  section measuring people's environmental attitudes has been added to see how these compare to users footprints. The changes have been made possible through funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust as the tool is being used to evaluate the success of Derwenthorpe, Joseph Rowntree's new sustainable community in York.

Derwenthorpe residents are being encouraged to calculate their footprint every six months to see if living in the community reduces their carbon and environmental footprints. The project is being led by the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.

Senior Researchers (3 Positions) in Sustainable Development

Posted on 14 December 2012

Exciting possibilities to work for one of the World's Top Environment Think Tanks

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and as part of a major investment in a long-term growth strategy, the SEI York Centre has exciting opportunities for up to three Senior Researchers.

These posts allow the development of research that provides new insights and supports the transition to alternative pathways to sustainable futures. They provide the opportunity to become part of SEI, a leading global research institute working at the interface of environmental research and policy and to contribute to a dynamic and exciting team spread across four continents. They also offer the chance to benefit from a range of exciting academic developments within the University.

Current priority areas for investment in the York Centre include food security and agricultural policy, trade and environment, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, sustainable urbanisation, ecosystem services for poverty alleviation, and behavioural change & environmental justice but we welcome applications from a broader spectrum of research perspectives.

You will have a strong track record in securing competitive policy-relevant research grants, project management, publication and communication, and will either be a leading international authority in your specific field or a researcher with a rapidly developing international profile.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Dr Lisa Emberson, Tel: +44 1904 32 2925, e-mail: or

Steve Cinderby Tel: +44 1904 32 2994, e-mail:

Salary will be within the range £36,298 - £44,607 per annum or £45,941 - £53,233 per annum, depending upon experience and qualifications. The posts will be full time but part-time working may be considered.  It is anticipated that the posts will commence in May/June 2013.

Application Procedure:

Closing date: 31 January 2013

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