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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Lesotho: Tackling water insecurity in a changing climate

SEI and World Bank policy brief

Author(s): Huber-Lee, A. ; Galaitsi, S. ; Davis, M. ; Wishart, M.; Emenanjo, I.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This policy brief summarizes the findings of an assessment that evaluated the performance of Lesotho's water management system and explored adaptation strategies across a range of potential future climate conditions. It finds that future climate change is likely to have important implications for water security. All the climate models indicate that average mean surface temperatures will rise, but precipitation projections vary greatly. Ensuring the continued sustainable development of Lesotho's water resources requires an integrated and strategic long-term approach to water resources and climate change adaptation.
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Defining loss and damage: The science and politics around one of the most contested issues within the UNFCCC

SEI discussion brief

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

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This discussion brief examines four key traits associated with loss and damage in policy discussions, considering the relevant science as well as key political and value-based judgments involved. As a concept, loss and damage is well grounded in climate science. Yet in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), views on loss and damage differ considerably. This brief aims to inform discussions of loss and damage by grounding them in science, and separating scientific questions from political ones. It focuses on four traits that are often associated with loss and damage: that some climate impacts are unavoidable, that the harm may be irreversible and intolerable, and that those impacts are attributable to human-driven climate change.
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Linking disaster risk reduction, climate change and development

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 7(2); Special Issue: UN Global Assessment Report 2015

Author(s): Schipper, E.L.F. ; Davis, M. ; Thomalla, F.; Vulturius, G.; Johnson, K.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This article, based on an input to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR), examines how disaster risk reduction and adaptation can inform development to tackle the underlying drivers of disaster risk.
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The SEI Initiative on Low Emission Development Pathways (LED-P)

Fact sheet

Author(s): Kuylenstierna, J.C.I. ; Heaps, C. ; Davis, M. ; Malley, C.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

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This brief describes an SEI Initiative working to give decision-makers the tools and knowledge they need to address long- and short-term climate change mitigation and air pollution together.


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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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