Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government, is an independent international research institute that has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than a quarter of a century. The goal of the SEI is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy through the provision of integrated analysis that supports decision makers. SEI is involved in a wide range of innovative research related to environmental change with a focus on analytical methods for multi-stressor assessment of social vulnerability and adaptive management, using a toolkit including the Knowledge Elicitation Tools (Knets), agent based social simulation, vulnerability mapping, decision screening, discrete choice analysis, qualitative comparative assessment, social networking and the development of decision support tools to screen adaptation options using a variety of available methodologies. SEI’s Africa Centre is based at the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Mission of SEI’s Africa centre is to support close collaboration with African organisations and networks on key African environmental and development issues. SEI’s Africa centre is envisioned as a network based centre with nodes in South, East and West Africa.
Stacey Noel, Centre Director of SEI Africa, is a social economist with almost 20 years of professional experience in development management and international relations. She has been based in Africa, Asia and Central America, and has been employed by a diverse range of organisations, including a governmental policy organisation, community-based NGOs and a research institute. Her areas of work include: water and livelihoods; water and climate change; water’s role in economic growth; and water, poverty and ecosystem services. Stacey has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and is also currently working towards her Ph.D. on a part-time basis at the University of Twente (Netherlands).
Sukaina Bharwani, co-leader of the SEI theme Transforming Governance as well as staff representative on the SEI Board, has a Ph.D. in Applied Computing (Social Sciences) and a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology. Her inter-disciplinary research in Social Anthropology and Computer Science provides her with a unique range of qualitative and quantitative skills linking vulnerability, livelihoods, and adaptation with bio-physical analyses in innovative ways. Her current work involves coordinating the strategic and technical development of weADAPT.org, a collaborative knowledge platform on climate adaptation to share knowledge, experience and stories on building adaptive capacity and community resilience around the world.
Victor Kongo is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Africa Centre in Tanzania with more than 10 years of diverse professional experience in research and consultancy in water and land resources management. His experience is based on extensive and intensive field studies in different countries on various fronts in water resources and environmental management including groundwater management, surface water hydrology, water quality, land use change, environmental engineering, hydraulics, climate change and renewable energy. He has a good understanding, with broad knowledge, of the related policy, institutional framework and capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management. He is experienced in the technical aspects (field and theory) of application of tracer isotopes, geophysical mapping, remote sensing and GIS in water resources management and in design/establishment of catchment monitoring networks. Victor is an active member of various professional institutions, networks and associations and has won two scholarly awards (2004 and 2007).
Nilufar Matin is a Research Fellow at SEI with her work focusing on poverty elimination, natural resource management and sustainable development with strong emphasis on gender mainstreaming and stakeholder participation. She has extensive work experience in multi-disciplinary research, policy development, project formulation and appraisal. Nilufar is currently working on a project on adaptive water management under uncertainty, with a particular focus on developing approaches that integrate poverty alleviation, gender awareness and health planning for integrated water resources management in river basins. She is also engaged in studying impacts of climate change and biodiversity projects on local livelihoods.
SEI staff play the leading role in WP5 (Adaptation and support tools: development of Decision Support tools).