Marion Davis

senior communications officer


Somerville, MA
marion.davis@sei-us.org
skype: marion.s.davis
+1 (617) 245-0895

Marion is a senior communications officer at SEI, with a special focus on climate issues.

She works as an editor, writer and publicist, develops and implements communications strategies. Her major projects include leading communications for the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate and the Climate Finance Initiative, and collaborating with SEI partners in the New Climate Economy project. She is also part of the Gender and Social Equity Programme, and works on selected bioenergy, energy access, adaptation and agriculture projects.

Since 2010, Marion has organized SEI's presence at UN climate conferences. She runs the @SEIclimate Twitter feed, and collaborates closely with researchers, often co-authoring blogs and publications. She cares particularly about equity and social justice issues, including gender equity.

Prior to joining SEI-US in January 2010, she worked for more than 15 years in journalism, focusing on public education, economic issues, health care, urban development, and innovation. She was a reporter at the New York Daily News and the Providence Journal, and a reporter and managing editor at Providence Business News. She also worked in public relations for Rhode Island School of Design, and owned a live music venue.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, she is fluent in Spanish and English and also speaks German and French. She has a B.A. in English and history from Georgetown University and an M.S. in print journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and immersing herself in music and art.

For a complete list of her publications and on-going projects, including work not based in the U.S., see her page on the SEI International website.


Recent Publications by Marion Davis

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Building bridges and changing minds: Insights from climate communication research and practice

SEI discussion brief

Author(s): Vulturius, G. ; Davis, M. ; Bharwani, S.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This discussion brief examines what science and practical experience are teaching us about effective communication. The Paris Agreement is widely seen as a turning point for climate policy. Despite its flaws, it lays out an ambitious agenda for reducing carbon emissions, adapting to unavoidable climate change impacts, and transforming the world's economies to continue to build prosperity and human well-being while more sustainably managing natural resources. Yet translating the vision into action will require strong political momentum, combined with strong public engagement and support. Effective climate communication is crucial to building that momentum and on-the-ground engagement.
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The SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change

SEI fact sheet

Author(s): Lazarus, M. ; Davis, M. ; van Asselt, H.
Year: 2015

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This document describes an SEI Initiative focused on fossil fuel supply investments, infrastructure and institutions, and their implications for climate change mitigation and development. There is a growing recognition that if we are to avoid dangerous climate change, most fossil fuel reserves will need to stay in the ground. Achieving this outcome, however, will be a daunting challenge. For many countries, fossil fuel extraction and trade are central to energy security and economic development. There is also limited knowledge about how different approaches to climate policy might affect future patterns of fossil fuel production.
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SEI Research Synthesis: The water-energy-food nexus

SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Managing Environmental Systems theme

Author(s): Davis, M. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Purkey, D. ; Hoff, H.
Year: 2014

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: SEI's expertise in land, air and water systems has provided fertile ground for interdisciplinary research. Some of our most promising work in this regard has focused on the water-energy-food nexus, a topic that is deeply relevant to sustainable development planning and policy. The nexus approach, which grew out of systems analysis, recognizes that water, energy and food are closely linked, through global and local water, carbon and energy cycles. All three are also essential resources, but billions of people have limited access to them; and all three are under pressure from supply constraints and rapidly growing demand. This brief, part of a series synthesizing SEI research from 2009 to 2013, presents four key insights from our work, an overview of major projects and publications, and a look at new and ongoing work as well as future research pathways.
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SEI Research Synthesis: Climate change mitigation and bioenergy

SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Reducing Climate Risk theme

Author(s): Davis, M. ; Heaps, C. ; Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P. ; Johnson, F.X.; Nilsson, M.
Year: 2014

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description:

Avoiding dangerous climate change requires ambitious actions to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SEI works to inform, support and advise decision-makers and civil society on ways to achieve these reductions and build a low-carbon future – including the role of bioenergy. SEI's research on climate mitigation is broad and diverse, with significant contributions to both the scientific community and policy discourses around the world. We have also built tools and analytical frameworks to explore the options, from the global to the local level, and we work to build capacity for mitigation planning and analysis. This brief, part of a series synthesizing SEI research from 2009 to 2013, presents three key insights from our work, an overview of major projects and publications, and a look at new and ongoing work as well as future research pathways.
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SEI Research Synthesis: Climate finance and carbon markets

SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Reducing Climate Risk theme

Author(s): Davis, M. ; Lazarus, M. ; Klein, R.J.T.; Persson, Å
Year: 2014

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI has considerable expertise in climate finance, market mechanisms, and related issues of transparency, accountability, equity and efficiency. SEI's work on these topics follows two related tracks: Stockholm-based researchers focus on climate finance and its governance, while the Seattle team focuses on market mechanisms, such as emissions crediting and trading. Both teams have made significant contributions to policy debates. This brief, part of a series synthesizing SEI research from 2009 to 2013, presents four key insights from our work, an overview of major projects and publications, and a look at new and ongoing work as well as future research pathways.
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