The objective of this series of Research Handbooks in Impact Assessment is to provide a critical assessment of the state-of-the-art in the research and thinking in the various fields of the family of impact assessment, including environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, social impact assessment, health impact assessment, biodiversity assessment, cumulative impact assessment, etc. The series will also consider the use of impact assessment across a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, forestry, mining, transport. The aim is to produce prestigious high quality works of lasting significance, offering a comprehensive overview of the research fields in question. With oversight from the Series Editor, Professor Frank Vanclay, a noted specialist in the field of impact assessment, the Research Handbooks comprise carefully commissioned chapters from leading academics and/or reflexive practitioners selected by editors who are recognised leaders in their field. Taking a genuinely international and often transdisciplinary approach, the books in the series address current and sometimes controversial issues. Through clear analysis and lucid writing, these Research Handbooks are designed to shed light on contemporary issues and contribute to current debates. Offering unrivalled analysis and discussion, each Research Handbook will be an invaluable source of reference for an international audience of scholars, researchers and practitioners involved with the study and utilisation of impact assessment.