Michael Boyland

Michael Boyland has joined SUMERNET as a Research Ethics Advisor. He is a Research Associate at SEI Asia working on climate change, disasters and development. Michael also leads the International Centre of Excellence on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk, awarded by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme and hosted by SEI.

Since joining SEI in 2014, Michael has been working to better understand the connections between disaster risk, climate change and development, and how societies can enact transformations for more equitable, resilient and sustainable development. His work also focuses on the gender and social equity dimensions of risk and resilience, for example through understanding how women, children and ethnic minorities are particularly at risk to climate change and disasters. Michael researches these issues across Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

Michael has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, for example on disasters and development in Southeast Asiadisaster recovery in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, and long-term recovery narratives in Southeast Asia, as well as various discussion and policy briefs. He has also contributed to external publications such as the Global Environmental Outlook for Youth in Asia and the Pacific (2019), and the 5th ASEAN State of the Environment Report (2017).

Michael is a recognized IRDR Young Scientist, and he holds a Master’s degree (distinction) in Disasters, Adaptation and Development, awarded by King’s College London.


Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Centre


Research Ethics Advisor

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