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Gender in Impact Assessment & Management

A new Special Issue proposal from Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Deadline: 30 August 2019

Does your research tackle the role of gender in impact assessment & management?

We are interested in paper contributions on experiences with integrating, analysing and addressing gender in impact assessment and management. We welcome original research papers, case studies and conceptual papers.

About this Special Issue

Gender analysis is a standard requirement of good practice impact assessment and management. Despite this, impact assessments for projects and programmes frequently fail to adequately consider and address gender dynamics and the gendered nature of impacts, including the disproportionate distribution of adverse impacts and benefits that characterise project contexts.

The role of gender identity and sexual orientation is often not considered or under-addressed. Consequently, impact management strategies proposed do not account for the particular experiences of women and sexual minorities and fail to adequately address the impacts they experience.

This has important implications for companies and other actors aiming to conduct their activities in accordance with principles of inclusion, non-discrimination and respect for human rights.

Conversely, effectively applying gender-sensitivity in impact assessment processes, analysis and management can provide key strategies for projects and programmes to realise their commitments to gender equality and promote diversity and social justice in workforces and communities.  

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods for gender-sensitive engagement and consultation processes.
  • Strategies and tools that account for gender and age in data collection, social profiling, baseline development, indicator selection and impact analysis.
  • Addressing underlying gender discrimination in different cultural and project contexts through engagement and management strategies.
  • Applying a gender-lens to ecosystem services, health, resettlement and livelihood restoration, in-migration, security or other topical impact assessment themes.
  • Practice examples of initiatives to strengthen the gender focus in impact management and maximisation of benefits, such as local content, SME support, land-use and community development initiatives and agreements.
  • Addressing the experiences of women and girls through impact assessment and management, including sexual and gender-based violence, including in high-risk or conflict-affected contexts.
  • Accounting for impacts experienced by Indigenous women, including environmental activists and human rights defenders.
  • Addressing the experiences of LGBT+ workers and community members through impact assessment and management, including in contexts where national law is prohibitive.
  • Strategies and practice for addressing gender in different industry contexts.
  • The structure and workings of grievance mechanisms vis-à-vis gender.
  • The role of government, financial actors, industry associations, civil society, human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders in promoting gender-sensitive impact assessment of projects and programmes.

Guest Editors

Nora Götzmann

Senior Adviser
Danish Institute for Human Rights
Adjunct Researcher
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
Co-Chair, Corporate Stewardship and Risk Management Section, International Association for Impact Assessment

Nick Bainton

Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland

Submission guidelines

Please send an EOI/abstract by August 30, 2019 to nog@humanrights.dk specifying author(s), affiliation, email, draft title and brief summary (circa 300 words) of the intended paper.

  • All papers should comply with the general style of the papers published in Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA). Please get a sense of the style of the journal by considering some of the latest papers published in IAPA.
  • Note that the Harvard system of referencing is used and that papers should normally be around 5,000 to 8,000 words long (including references).
  • For other details, please consult the Instructions for Authors on the journal website.

The milestones and timelines for the Special Issue are as follows:

  • Closing Date for Expressions of Interest (abstracts) – 30 August 2019
  • Closing Date for receipt of full papers – 30 March 2020
  • Closing date for return of referee reports – 30 May 2020
  • Revisions made by authors and papers returned to editors – 30 July 2020
  • Final editing completed and manuscripts accepted – 30 September 2020
  • Proof reading of page proofs from publisher completed – 30 November 2020
  • Online Publication – December 2020

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