SEI ranked as world’s most influential environment policy think tank in 2016

Rajesh Daniel By Rajesh Daniel - Jan 26, 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.”

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’s approach is also a big part of why researchers are drawn to the institute, said Bernadette Resurrección, a senior research fellow in the Asia Centre and co-leader of SEI’s Gender and Social Equity Programme.

“SEI is like no other think tank or research institute I know,” she said. “Our staff is very diverse – multinational, multidisciplinary, with a wide range of perspectives – but we all share a commitment to producing research that is both scientifically robust and socially just. We don’t bring an agenda, but rather serve as honest brokers who bring people together to solve problems, making sure that all voices are heard. We work closely with policy-makers and a broad range of other stakeholders, and we build long-term, trusting relationships. As a researcher, I’m proud to be part of an organization with such strong values.”

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