Åsa Persson is Research Director and Deputy Director at SEI.

Dr Persson is a social scientist and expert on governance for sustainable development. She received her PhD degree in environmental policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 2007. She is Adjunct Lecturer at the Department for Thematic Studies – Environmental Change, Linköping University.

Her recent research has focused on global governance, including the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global governance dimensions of climate change adaptation, and the planetary boundaries framework. In the SDG context, she has particularly focused on research and advisory work for better policy integration across the goals and assessing critical research needs. She is a member of the ESG Scientific Steering Committee.