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Impact Assessment for the 21st Century

A new Special Issue proposal from Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Deadline: 1st June 2019

The Future of Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal is taking a critical and creative look at the future of impact assessment in this very special, Special Issue. The 21st century will soon be entering its third decade. The United States’ globally influential National Environmental Policy Act, which enshrined environmental impact assessment into law, is turning 50. Meanwhile, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals have an agenda to 2030 and the International Panel on Climate Change’s 2050 carbon neutral targets are drawing closer. In the context of these major milestones IAPA is asking:

  • What does the future of impact assessment look like?
  • Where do the innovations and opportunities lie for impact assessment to address the biggest environmental, social, health and human challenges on the 21st century?
  • What will spark this century’s most important evolution in impact assessment practice, scholarship, principles or regulations? What will be the results of that transformation?

About this Special Issue

This Special Issue builds on the topic of the International Association for Impact Assessment’s 2019 Annual Conference theme: ‘Evolution or Revolution: Where next for impact assessment?’. Conference presenters are encouraged to submit their conference papers for consideration.

Our aim through this Special Issue is to encourage evidence-based but visionary thinking that seeks to make as-yet-unmade connections, to draw out longstanding debates or extend existing ideas into new forms and theories. We are asking IA practitioners, scholars and others to submit their boldest, most rigorous thinking about the construct and conduct of impact assessment in the 21st Century.

Guest Editors

Submission guidelines

Please send an EoI/abstract by 29 April 2019 to either Sara.Bice@anu.edu.au or fischer@liverpool.ac.uk, specifying author(s), affiliation, email, draft title and brief summary (circa 300 words) of the intended paper. Authors with papers accepted for presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment’s 2019 conference as well as others interested in the theme are encouraged to submit EoIs.

  • All papers should comply with the general style of the papers published in 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 full papers should normally be around 5,000 to 8,000 words long (including references). For this special issues we would also welcome shorter ‘letters’ that are up to about 2,000 words.
  • 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) – 31 May 2019

Closing Date for receipt of full papers – 1 June 2019

Closing date for return of final referee reports – 31 August 2019

Revisions made by authors and papers returned to editors – 30 September 2019

Round 2 revisions requested and returned, as required – October 2019

Proof reading of page proofs from publisher completed – November/December 2019

Online Publication – end of 2019/beginning of 2020

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