Posted on 31 January 2017
The Global Go To Think Tanks Index aims to increase the profile, performance and impact of think tanks and create a network of centres of public policy excellence.
SEI is rated as the world’s most influential think tank on environmental policy issues in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tanks Index, billed as the “premier database and measure of world think tanks”.
The index, which is based on a survey of thousands of journalists, policy-makers, donors and topic and regional specialists around the globe, using a detailed list of criteria including leadership and staff; quality and reputation of the research produced; policy impact and recognition; convening power; innovation; inclusiveness; and communications, among others.
Think tanks are ranked globally and by region and expertise. SEI was No. 2 in the last three years’ rankings of environmental think tanks, after the World Resources Institute, a frequent partner of SEI’s that is No. 3 this year.
“We are very pleased to have received this recognition of our work,” said SEI Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna. “For us, it serves as proof that our work results in real impacts and is appreciated among our partners.”
“For us, it serves as proof that our work results in real impacts and is appreciated among our partners.”
Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI Executive Director
Professor Brian Fulton, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science, said: “We are delighted so see this well-deserved recognition of SEI’s international leadership. We greatly value our long standing relationship with SEI in hosting the SEI-York Centre and look forward to growing our extensive research collaborations into new areas of joint interest.”
Bridging science and policy has been SEI’s mission since its creation in 1989, but in recent years, the institute has made significant investments to further strengthen its research, policy engagement and communications capacity.
The SEI Initiatives, launched as part of SEI’s 2015–2019 Strategy, concentrate expertise and resources in areas where SEI is well positioned to be a global leader. Some of SEI’s highest-profile work in 2016 was produced through the initiatives, such as studies of U.S. federal leases for coal and oil production, and the new Trase tool, a joint effort with the Global Canopy Programme that aims to bring transparency to global supply chains.
Partnerships are also crucial to SEI’s work: from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) and the New Climate Economy project, to regional collaborations such as the Arctic Resilience Report and the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET), coordinated by SEI’s Asia Centre.
"SEI makes a significant contribution to our degree programmes here at York"
Prof Mark Hodson, Head of Environment DepartmentProfessor Mark Hodson, Head of the Environment Department, said:"I'm delighted that once again the excellence of the work done by SEI has been recognised in this prestigious listing. SEI makes a significant contribution to our degree programmes here at York, keeping them grounded in real world solutions to environmental challenges."
See the 2016 Go To Think Tank Index Report (external link)
Learn more about SEI’s Strategy 2015–2019 (external link)