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‘Social Impact Assessment (SIA) includes the processes of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions. Its primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment.’ International Principles for Social Impact Assessment


Rabel J. Burdge: In Memoriam

02 August 2022
By Roy Rickson and Nick Taylor, to commemorate the passing of Rabel J. Burdge, July 3rd 2022, acknowledging his continuing contribution to the International Association of Impact Assessment.

Qualitative methods in IA survey

12 April 2022
, Other Countries

Dear SIAHub Member, we are seeking your input on the future of qualitative research in Impact Assessment!

What did NAM do to get a social licence to operate? The social impact history of the Schoonebeek oilfield in the Netherlands

02 March 2021
Online, Europe
Interesting read about a positive case on achieving a social licence to operate:

"From 1943 to 1996, the small rural community of Schoonebeek in the eastern Netherlands hosted the largest onshore oilfield in western Europe. Some 250 million barrels of oil were produced, bringing prosperity to the municipality and local community. With generous compensation paid by NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, a partnership between Shell and ExxonMobil), local people greatly benefited from oil extraction. However, there were also negative social impacts, including: an influx of outsiders; changes to social structure, social fabric, social cohesion, and community identity; disruption to the peaceful rural setting; and industrialisation of the landscape. Nevertheless, the oil pumping installations (‘jaknikkers’ or nodding donkeys) ultimately became positive symbols of local place identity. Despite the negative social impacts, oil production came to be viewed positively by most local people, and a high level of trust developed between the host community and NAM because of the social performance strategies that were implemented."

More information and the full publication available with open access in https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214790X21000332?via%3Dihub 


SIA Expert - Strategy Advice and Review for USAID

28 September 2020
Remote, North America
Consulting assignment to work on team that is providing advice to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as they work to better integrate SIA into their EIA process. Includes writing and review of various USAID-specific knowledge products.
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