The Asia Centre in Bangkok plays a key role in fulfilling SEI’s mission to bridge science and policy to help advance sustainable development, through research, capacity-building, and engagement with stakeholders.
Established in January 2004, SEI Asia has a multinational staff with strong connections across the region. Its work cuts across SEI’s four research themes, but focused on two key areas:
- Climate change and resilient development in Southeast Asia: the governance of disaster risk and adaptation at multiple scales.
- Sustainable land, water, energy and food management (i.e. nexus planning), looking at cross-scale impacts of policy decisions on the resilience of livelihoods and the reduction of persistent poverty.
Aiming to actively contribute to a transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable development in Asia, the Centre has made it a priority to build a strong network of research and policy organizations in the region and to provide platforms to share knowledge and engage stakeholders. We also emphasize linking research to policy-makers and building capacity among regional partners, to enable them to more effectively inform and influence policy.
SEI Asia has expertise in adaptation science, environmental education, environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure, environmental science, development communications, geochemistry, geography, hydrology and water resources engineering, natural resource management, rural and regional development planning, social economy, sociology and public policy.
Since the inception of SUMERNET, SEI Asia has been hosting its Secretariat with the role of coordinating activities within SUMERNET and leading the effort to increase visibility of SUMERNET in the region and beyond.