Handbook of Social Impact Assessment and Management

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Handbook of Social Impact Assessment and Management

9781802208863 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Frank Vanclay, Professor of Cultural Geography, Department of Cultural Geography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands and Ana Maria Esteves, Director, Community Insights Group, the Netherlands; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Publication Date: March 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80220 886 3 Extent: 634 pp
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This carefully conceived Handbook presents a state-of-the-art discussion of the field of social impact assessment (SIA), highlighting contemporary understandings and emerging issues in this continually evolving area of research and practice. Experienced SIA practitioners from around the world share their learnings and advice on a comprehensive range of issues faced in social performance practice.

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This carefully conceived Handbook presents a state-of-the-art discussion of the field of social impact assessment (SIA), highlighting contemporary understandings and emerging issues in this continually evolving area of research and practice.

Experienced SIA practitioners from around the world share their learnings and advice on a comprehensive range of issues faced in social performance practice. They explore how SIA has moved far beyond its original role as an ex-ante input into a regulatory environmental licensing process to now serving multiple stakeholders at all stages of the project lifecycle and seeking improved outcomes for host communities. The chapters also reveal how the field and practice of SIA connects with wider discourses, including: business and human rights; environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance; and social licence to operate.

Providing an extensive overview of the field of SIA, this incisive Handbook is essential reading for: SIA practitioners; researchers of environmental sociology, environmental psychology, human geography, community psychology, or applied anthropology; and other people with an interest in the social impacts of projects. The Handbook''s exploration of how SIA might contribute to better outcomes for communities and projects will also benefit individuals and organizations who commission and review EIAs and SIAs, environmental, social and community NGOs, as well as members of project-affected communities.
Critical Acclaim
‘To genuinely undertake a project-level SIA in today''s complex world, you need this Handbook. The emphasis is on “real life” SIA – recognising uncertainty, building adaptive mitigation, accepting that projects are political, delving into the psychological (trauma-informed impact assessment!), acknowledging corruption and integrity matters. The book marks the maturity of “Social” as a professional practice.’
– Shibani Bose, Globeleq, UK and Africa

‘An indispensable, contemporary guide to the complex world of social impact assessment (SIA). The Handbook covers the establishment of the discipline, contemporary practice challenges, key concepts and emerging approaches in a rigorous, accessible way from experienced experts who draw on decades of field experience. It should be a go-to guide for all SIA practitioners, clients, commissioners, researchers, and all those who care about the social impacts of the major projects that shape our world.’
– Sara Bice, Australian National University, Australia

‘Bringing together the experience of more than 50 experts in all the key fields of social impact assessment, this book is sure to become a go-to-guide for both current and future social practitioners.’
– Liz Wall, Chair, Social Practice Forum, Australia

‘This book is a wonderful resource for any ESG or development practitioner. It provides both a comprehensive overview of SIA and a focused analysis of key issues. In particular, the editors have taken great care to differentiate by project type, stakeholder group, and project phase, helping to disentangle the complexity of SIA in practice. The book never loses sight of the core purpose of SIA: to appropriately assess and manage the social impacts of projects, thereby contributing to more sustainable and equitable outcomes. It is therefore an essential contribution to better project management and, hopefully, to the well-being of affected communities. The diverse representation of contributors makes this Handbook a truly global reference.’
– Philipp Koenig, Head of Dispute Resolution Complaints Mechanism of the EIB Group
Contributors
Contributors include: Jessica Anagnostaras, Ilse Aucamp, Nick Bainton, Robert Boutilier, Tanya Burdett, John Burton, Benjamin Carroll, Munyaradzi Chitakira, Alex Cisneros Menchaca, Sheridan Coakes, José Corraliza Miranda, Jeroen de Zeeuw, Evelyn Dietsche, Michael R. Edelstein, Ana Maria Esteves, Robert Gerrits, Ginger Gibson, Piers Gillespie, Clotilde Gouley, Jessica Grinter, Philippe Hanna, We’es Tes Sandra Martin Harris, Dawn Hoogeveen, Satoshi Ishihara, Reidar Kvam, Esther Jean Langdon, Rachel Maas, Mike Mackay, Anna Martini, Alexandra Maurtua, Konstantinidis, Alistair MacDonald, Lara Katharine Mottee, Ciaran O''Faircheallaigh, Vera Ogorodnikova, Ana Roque de Oliveira, Richard Parsons, Christopher Polglase, Angela Reeman, Nigel Rossouw, Marielle Rowan, Somia Sadiq, Kendyl Salcito, Janis Shandro, Doug Smith, Eddie Smyth, C. Nicholas Taylor, Francesco Tricoli, Liza van der Merwe, Frank Vanclay, Fitsum S. Weldegiorgis
Contents
Contents

Preface xix
PART I THE CONTEXT IN WHICH SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OPERATES
1 Setting the scene for good social impact assessment and management 2
Frank Vanclay and Ana Maria Esteves
2 National legal frameworks for social impact assessment and management 16
Vera Ogorodnikova, Francesco Tricoli, Ana Maria Esteves and Satoshi Ishihara
3 Certification of social impact assessment practitioners 32
Rachel Maas and Sheridan Coakes

PART II EXAMPLES FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS
4 The social impacts of dams and hydropower 51
Doug Smith
5 The use of social impact assessment in transport projects 67
Lara Katharine Mottee
6 The use of social impact assessment in mining projects 81
Nicholas Bainton and John Burton
7 The use of social impact assessment in agricultural projects requiring
large-scale land acquisition 97
Piers Gillespie

PART III SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT FOR DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDER GROUPS
8 Social impact assessment from the perspective of project proponents 115
Ilse Aucamp
9 Social impact assessment as used by international financial institutions 129
Reidar Kvam
10 Social impact assessment for project-affected communities 147
Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh
11 Social impact assessment for project regulatory processes 159
Richard Parsons

PART IV SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT AT
DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE PROJECT CYCLE
12 Application of social impact assessment in planning a project: from
concept to approvals 179
C. Nicholas Taylor and Mike Mackay
13 Application of social impact assessment in project construction 197
C. Nicholas Taylor and Jessica Grinter
14 Application of social impact assessment during project operation and closure 217
Mike Mackay and C. Nicholas Taylor

PART V CORE CONCEPTS IN SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
AND MANAGEMENT
15 Human rights and due diligence 231
Kendyl Salcito
16 Gender, intersectionality and Indigenous rights in social impact assessment 247
Dawn Hoogeveen and We’es Tes Sandra Martin Harris
17 Vulnerable people in the context of social impact assessment and management 259
Jeroen de Zeeuw and Angela Reeman
18 Psychosocial impacts 275
Michael R. Edelstein and Frank Vanclay
19 Understanding stakeholders and their influence 293
Robert G. Boutilier
20 Community engagement, public participation and social impact assessment 309
Tanya Burdett
21 Rethinking social conflict in social impact assessment 326
Alex Cisneros Menchaca
22 The assessment and management of community health, safety and
security issues in social impact assessment 342
Janis Shandro
23 Social impacts of land acquisition, resettlement and restrictions on land use 356
Eddie Smyth and Frank Vanclay
24 Livelihoods and social impact assessment 378
Ana Maria Esteves, Clotilde Gouley, Alexandra Maurtua Konstantinidis and
Benjamin Carroll
25 Integrating cultural heritage into social impact assessment 402
Christopher R. Polglase
26 Managing influx: project-induced in-migration 413
Robert Gerrits
27 Benefit sharing and enhancing outcomes for project-affected communities 427
Frank Vanclay
28 Local content in the context of social impact assessment and management 445
Fitsum S. Weldegiorgis and Evelyn Dietsche

PART VI METHODS AND TOOLS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT
29 Social research methods for project social impact assessment
Sheridan Coakes and Jessica Anagnostaras
30 The need for ethnographic methods in impact assessment
Philippe Hanna, Annaclaudia Martini and Esther Jean Langdon
31 Trauma-informed impact assessment
Somia Sadiq
32 Visual tools in social impact assessment: issues of perception, communication, and ethical dilemmas
Ana Roque de Oliveira 501
33 Immersive technologies: new ways to visualise a possible future world
José Corraliza Miranda 518
34 Building connections between impact and benefit agreements and environmental and social impact assessment
Ginger Gibson and Alistair MacDonald 532
35 Community visioning
Munyaradzi Chitakira 548
36 Attributing significance to social impacts
Marielle Rowan 563
37 Monitoring for the adaptive management of social impacts
Nigel Rossouw and Liza van der Merwe 577
Index 598

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