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The Sustainable Environment Association was founded in 2011 and is registered in the Norwegian Public registry Brønnøysundregisteret:

Organization Number: 997 886 372


Type of Organization: Forening/lag/innretning (Association)

Address: Malmøyveien 34A, c/o Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, 0198 Oslo

Contact information for Association and board related matters:Tel: + 47 9179 1275

Email: Michael.Hensel (at) 

Founding and Current Chairman: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel

Current Board Members:

  • Prof. Dr. Birger R. Sevaldson
  • Research Fellow Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel
  • Prof. Dr. Inger Lise Syversen


SEA is an international and interdisciplinary expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the natural, human-influenced and built environment with the aim to develop alternative approaches to design and sustainability.

SEA's interdisciplinary scope includes architecture, urban design, design, anthropology, environmental engineering, climatology and microclimatology, biology, ecology and urban ecology. SEA seeks to collaborate with other associations, research organizations, and educational institutions that pursue the study and analysis of the natural, human-influenced and built environment. Analysis will focus on the impact on the natural environment, culture and social conditions and arrangements. Strategic alliances with other institutions are therefore of key interest for the development of SEA and its research undertakings.

SEA pursues:

  • The understanding of the natural, human-influenced and built environment as an repository of knowledge and performative capacity;
  • The understanding and analyses of the human-influenced and built environment as integrated and interacting with natural systems and ecology;
  • The propagation and research of emergent bio-systems and ecologies in agricultural and urban systems, investigating and establishing new relations between the “artificial” and the “natural”;
  • The development and implementation of complex, systems- and performance-oriented sustainability analysis of the human-influenced and built environment;
  • The development of inclusive, integrated and complex approaches to design and sustainability;
  • The development of knowledge and methods for the purpose of developing alternative approaches to the design of the human environment and sustainability;
  • The communication with policy makers and regulators so as to enable inclusive, integrated and complex approaches to the design and sustainability of the human-made and built environment in practice;
  • The broad dissemination of its findings through publications, exhibitions, and any other suitable means;
  • Consultancy in the production of educational curricula and syllabi based on the findings and methods employed by the association.