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Title: Roles of social impact assessment practitioners

Abstract

The effectiveness of social impact assessment (SIA) hinges largely on the capabilities and ethics of the practitioners, yet few studies have dedicated to discuss the expectations for these professionals. Recognising this knowledge gap, we employed the systemic review approach to construct a framework of roles of SIA practitioners from literature. Our conceptual framework encompasses eleven roles, namely project manager of SIA, practitioner of SIA methodologies, social researcher, social strategy developer, social impact management consultant, community developer, visionary, public involvement specialist, coordinator, SIA researcher, and educator. Although these roles have been stratified into three overarching categories, the project, community and SIA development, they are indeed interrelated and should be examined together. The significance of this study is threefold. First, it pioneers the study of the roles of SIA practitioners in a focused and systematic manner. Second, it informs practitioners of the expectations of them thereby fostering professionalism. Third, it prepares the public for SIAs by elucidating the functions and values of the assessment. - Highlights: • We adopt systematic review to construct a framework of roles of social impact assessment (SIA) practitioners from literature. • We use three overarching categorises to stratify the eleven roles we proposed. • This work ismore » a novel attempt to study the work as a SIA practitioner and build a foundation for further exploration. • The framework informs practitioners of the expectations on them thus reinforcing professionalism. • The framework also prepares the public for SIAs by elucidating the functions and values of the assessment.« less

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22447509
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 50; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CONSULTANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ETHICAL ASPECTS; EXPLORATION; PROGRAM MANAGEMENT; REVIEWS; SOCIAL IMPACT

Citation Formats

Wong, Cecilia H.M., E-mail: ceciliawonghm@gmail.com, and Ho, Wing-chung, E-mail: wingcho@cityu.edu.hk. Roles of social impact assessment practitioners. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2014.09.008.
Wong, Cecilia H.M., E-mail: ceciliawonghm@gmail.com, & Ho, Wing-chung, E-mail: wingcho@cityu.edu.hk. Roles of social impact assessment practitioners. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2014.09.008.
Wong, Cecilia H.M., E-mail: ceciliawonghm@gmail.com, and Ho, Wing-chung, E-mail: wingcho@cityu.edu.hk. Thu . "Roles of social impact assessment practitioners". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2014.09.008.
@article{osti_22447509,
title = {Roles of social impact assessment practitioners},
author = {Wong, Cecilia H.M., E-mail: ceciliawonghm@gmail.com and Ho, Wing-chung, E-mail: wingcho@cityu.edu.hk},
abstractNote = {The effectiveness of social impact assessment (SIA) hinges largely on the capabilities and ethics of the practitioners, yet few studies have dedicated to discuss the expectations for these professionals. Recognising this knowledge gap, we employed the systemic review approach to construct a framework of roles of SIA practitioners from literature. Our conceptual framework encompasses eleven roles, namely project manager of SIA, practitioner of SIA methodologies, social researcher, social strategy developer, social impact management consultant, community developer, visionary, public involvement specialist, coordinator, SIA researcher, and educator. Although these roles have been stratified into three overarching categories, the project, community and SIA development, they are indeed interrelated and should be examined together. The significance of this study is threefold. First, it pioneers the study of the roles of SIA practitioners in a focused and systematic manner. Second, it informs practitioners of the expectations of them thereby fostering professionalism. Third, it prepares the public for SIAs by elucidating the functions and values of the assessment. - Highlights: • We adopt systematic review to construct a framework of roles of social impact assessment (SIA) practitioners from literature. • We use three overarching categorises to stratify the eleven roles we proposed. • This work is a novel attempt to study the work as a SIA practitioner and build a foundation for further exploration. • The framework informs practitioners of the expectations on them thus reinforcing professionalism. • The framework also prepares the public for SIAs by elucidating the functions and values of the assessment.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2014.09.008},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = ,
volume = 50,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2015},
month = {Thu Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2015}
}