Marion Davis

Communications Manager


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

Marion joined SEI-US in February 2010, initially to manage editing and communications for the Climate Economics Group, for which she worked until late 2011. She now handles communications institute-wide for SEI's Reducing Climate Risk theme – including editing, writing support, online materials, social media, outreach, media relations, and internal communications. She also manages communications for SEI-US, and she works closely with SEI headquarters on global communications.

Marion came to SEI with more than 15 years' experience in journalism and public relations, mostly focusing on domestic public-policy issues in the U.S. Born and raised in Costa Rica, she is fluent in Spanish and English and also speaks German and French. Marion 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.

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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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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Evaluación de los impactos del cambio climático en la hidrología de montaña: Desarrollo de una metodología a través de un estudio de caso en los Andes del Perú

SEI Policy Brief

Author(s): Escobar, M. ; Davis, M.
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: Este informe es una síntesis de un proyecto del Banco Mundial para desarrollar metodologías para la evaluación de los impactos del cambio climático sobre la hidrología superficial en los Andes peruanos. Se anticipa que el cambio climático acelerará la retirada de los glaciares tropicales en los Andes, afectará los patrones de precipitación, y aumentará la variabilidad del clima y fenómenos meteorológicos extremos. La metodología que se presenta aquí combina un análisis climático para definir los escenarios futuros del clima, un análisis de la hidrología de montaña para incorporar las dinámicas de los glaciares, y la aplicación de estos análisis al nivel de cuencas.
Note: This brief is a summary and translation of a World Bank report, available here.
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Building a Low-carbon Future: Resource Constraints and Key Strategies to Overcome Them

SEI / 3C summary for decision-makers

Author(s): Davis, M. ; based on work by M. Chadwick, V. Clark, E. Dawkins, R. Falk, J. Fahnestock, A. Fencl, S. Kartha, E. Kemp-Benedict, V. Mehta, D. Purkey, K. Roelich, A. Varnäs and D. Yates
Year: 2012

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Energy Modeling ; Sustainable Futures

Description: This document summarizes the findings of three studies on resource scarcity and the green economy carried out within the partnership programme between the business leaders' initiative Combat Climate Change (3C) and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Building a 'green' economy – with a special focus on energy – is seen as a key strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous climate change. For countries without vast fossil-fuel reserves, it is also a way to gain energy independence and security. Yet it is also becoming clear that resource constraints could hinder this endeavor. The studies summarized here examine potential constraints in the supplies of biomass, metals and water for low-carbon technologies, and suggest response strategies for both the public and private sectors.
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