Title: Centre Director, Asia
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Eric Kemp-Benedict became director of SEI’s Asia Centre in February 2013.
As director, he is responsible for research, administrative and financial leadership of SEI Asia and serves as the main contact for key partners and donors. He will also be part of SEI’s international management and help coordinate its interactions with headquarters and with SEI colleagues worldwide.
Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Kemp-Benedict was a senior scientist in SEI’s U.S. Centre in Boston and leader of SEI’s Rethinking Development Research theme. Since 2012, he had spent much of his time in Bangkok, supporting the centre through a period of transition and helping build local research capacity.
His own research focuses on cross-disciplinary policy analysis for sustainable development strategies. He has contributed to studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels, funded by international organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
In his facilitation and capacity-building work, Dr. Kemp-Benedict actively develops and applies tools and methods for participatory and study-specific sustainability analyses. As a scenario modeller, he specializes in the development of application-specific models within a participatory framework. In addition to scenario analysis and scenario modelling in general, his areas of interest include poverty and income distribution; social dynamics; water, livestock, and land use; and rural livelihoods.
He has a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas in Austin and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University in 1997, as well as an MAT in secondary physics education.
Inequality and Trust: Testing a Mediating Relationship for Environmental Sustainability (Journal article - 2013)
Material needs and aggregate demand (Journal article - 2013)
Social Ecology of Domestic Water Use in Bangalore (Journal article - 2013)
The National Bioenergy Investment Model: Technical documentation (Working paper - 2012)
Price and Quantity Trajectories: Second-order Dynamics (Paper - 2012)