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The International Handbook of Social Impact Assessment

Conceptual and Methodological Advances Edited by Henk A. Becker, former Professor of Sociology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands and Frank Vanclay, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
This important Handbook presents an indispensable overview of the range of new methods and of the conceptual advances in Social Impact Assessment (SIA).

Recent increased attention to social considerations has led to substantial development in the techniques useful to, and the thinking in, SIA. A distinguished group of contributors provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the cutting-edge in SIA development.
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Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84064 935 2
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Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is the process of analysing and managing the intended and unintended consequences on the human environment of planned interventions (policies, programmes, plans, projects) so as to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment. This important Handbook presents an indispensable overview of the range of new methods and of the conceptual advances in SIA.

Recent increased attention to social considerations has led to substantial development in the techniques useful to, and the thinking in, SIA. A distinguished group of contributors provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the cutting-edge in SIA development.

This Handbook outlines a new understanding and definition of SIA and, as such, will be an invaluable reference tool for both practitioners and scholars at different levels working in the fields of SIA and environmental studies (including both impact assessment and management).
‘This book provides a valuable addition to the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) literature. While the volume addresses several good examples of “how to” case studies it also firmly addresses the importance of the need for firm conceptual and theoretical guidelines for SIA practice. . . the volume is an excellent contribution to the SIA literature and I highly recommend it to both practitioner and researcher alike.’
– Geoff Syme, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

‘An innovative collection which takes social impact assessment to the frontiers of environmental and social policy and citizen awareness. Unusually, this collection includes both sophisticated quantitative tools and equally important chapters on participation, stakeholder involvement and environmental mediation. A most valuable source book.’
– Michael Redclift, King’s College, London, UK
Contributors: J. Baines, H.A. Becker, B. Buckenham, S. Coakes, G. Dekkers, D. DeTombe, M. Fenton, G. Fitzgerald, C. Goodrich, J. Jiggins, R.E. Kwiatkowski, N. Marshall, J.K. Matsuoka, W. McClintock, D.P. McGregor, L. Mehta, L. Minerbi, P.T. Morelli, N. Powell, R. Rattle, R. Roberts, H. Ross, R. Slootweg, B. Srinivasan, A. Stolp, N. Taylor, M. van Schooten, F. Vanclay
Contents:

Preface

1. Conceptual and Methodological Advances in Social Impact Assessment
Frank Vanclay

PART I: CONCEPTUAL ADVANCES IN SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
2. Undertaking Longitudinal Research
Nick Taylor, Colin Goodrich, Gerard Fitzgerald and Wayne McClintock

3. Using Local Knowledge
James Baines, Wayne McClintock, Nick Taylor and Brigid Buckenham

4. Learning from Participatory Land Management
Neil Powell and Janice Jiggins

5. Integrating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
Roel Slootweg, Frank Vanclay and Marlies van Schooten

6. Conceptualizing Social Change Processes and Social Impacts
Marlies van Schooten, Frank Vanclay and Roel Slootweg

7. Integrating Health and Social Impact Assessment
Robert Rattle and Roy E. Kwiatkowski

8. An Ecological Model of Wellbeing
Davianna Pomaika’i McGregor, Paula Tanemura Morelli, Jon Kei Matsuoka and Luciano Minerbi

PART II: METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR BEST PRACTICE
9. Theory Formation and Application in Social Impact Assessment
Henk Becker

10. Computer-based Qualitative Data Methods
Gerard Fitzgerald

11. Assessing Gender Impacts
Bina Srinivasan and Lyla Mehta

12. Socioeconomic Modelling for Estimating Intergenerational Impacts
Gijs Dekkers

13. Using Geographic Information Systems for Cultural Impact Assessment
Luciano Minerbi, Davianna Pomaika’i McGregor and Jon Kei Matsuoka

14. Vulnerability and Capacity Measurement
Mark Fenton, Sheridan Coakes and Nadine Marshall

15. Citizen Values Assessment
Annelies Stolp

16. Involving the Public
Richard Roberts

17. Handling Complex Societal Problems
Dorien DeTombe

18. Environmental Mediation
Helen Ross

Index