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Evolution or Revolution: Where next for impact assessment?

A new Special Issue proposal from Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Deadline: 30 June 2019

This Special Issue focuses 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 debate about the future of IA. We are asking IA practitioners, scholars and others to submit their papers about direction of impact assessment in the 21st Century.

About this Special Issue

Over the last fifty years, Impact Assessment (IA) has been evolving after its revolutionary introduction under the National Environmental Policy Act (US) in 1969. This Special Issue is inviting papers to contribute to the debate whether the IA should progress through the incremental change (evolution) or a complete change in IA practice is needed (revolution). In order to answer this question IAPA is asking:

  • How have changes to IA happened in the past in different countries? Has it been through evolution or revolution?
  • If revolution is the way forward, who will lead it, and to what end?
  • If evolution is the way forward, how can development keep pace with the changes that are needed quickly (e.g. with regards to biodiversity loss and climate change)?
  • What is needed to ensure that IA contributes to ecological and social sustainability?
  • How might evolution or revolution address common and long-standing criticisms of IA?
  • What purposes are we seeking to achieve through IA?
  • How can IA better reflect the interests of the socially and economically marginalized?
  • What is done well and can IA be further enhanced?
  • What can we learn from the perceptions and practices of other disciplines?
  • Does the focus of IA need to be narrowed or broadened?
  • Are the different forms of IA evolving on convergent or divergent trajectories?
  • Is IA based on theory or simply process?
  • How can decision making, and political and dispute resolution theory inform the practice of IA?

Guest Editors: Galina Williams, Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh, Sara Bice, Thomas Fischer.

Submission guidelines

Please send an EoI/abstract by 31st May 2019 to Galina Williams (g.williams@cqu.edu.au), 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 based on those papers for consideration in this Special Issue.

  • 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 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) – 30 April 2019

Closing Date for receipt of full papers – 30 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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