Ireland-UK IAIA Branch

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IAIA members in Ireland and the UK

Coordinator:  Thomas Fischer


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    Dec 6, 2018 by Thomas Fischer

     An International symposium at the University of Liverpool Foresight Centre on 21 January 2019. Participants welcome. For further details see here:

  • Research on the use(fullness) of SEA guidance

    Jan 26, 2018 by Thomas Fischer

    We are conducting research on the use(fullness) of SEA guidance in the UK. Please let us know if you use SEA guidance and have about 20 to 30 Minutes for a telephone interview. Thanks! Please contact Marcelo Montaño (visiting fellow at Liverpool University) at

  • Lectureship in (Environmental) Planning at Liverpool University

    Nov 6, 2017 by Thomas Fischer

    Candidates with experience in Environmental assessment and management are particularly welcome to apply!

  • Guidance for More Effective Strategic Environmental Assessment

    Sep 12, 2017 by Thomas Fischer

    A Workshop at the University of Liverpool on 12 October, 15:00-17:00

    Guidance can play an important role in supporting effective strategic environmental assessment (SEA). In this context, guidance representing best practice is usually associated with going beyond simple legal compliance. As experience, skills and knowledge are continuously developing, guidance needs to be reviewed and updated regularly, therefore requiring a certain degree of flexibility.

     SEA practitioners are conscious of limitations associated with the guidance they use. However, the threat of legal challenges and fear for litigation increases an inflexible approach to SEA. 

    Whilst methods and procedures are key issues in most guidance, there's currently an unexplored universe related to the integration of SEA into the planning process and into a tiered PPP system. Overall, SEA guidance needs to be approached as a dynamic element in non-static SEA systems.

    The main aim of this two hour workshop is to start a debate on how SEA guidance needs to be approached and developed in order to effectively support good quality SEA. The workshop will be let jointly by Prof Marcelo Montano (University of Sao Paulo) and Prof Thomas Fischer (University of Liverpool). Starting point of the workshop will be a presentation of the preliminary results of a research project on the development of guidance for effective SEA.

     Please send an email either to Marcelo Montano or Thomas Fischer to confirm your attendance.



  • Join us in London (Uni of Westminster) for IAP2 public participation training this September

    Aug 7, 2017 by Tanya Burdett

    Spaces are filling for the September IAP2 Public Participation Foundations program, hosted by the University of Westminster in Marylebone, London UK.  Register by 10th August for early bird discounts.  Get in touch with us to find out about additional group discounts, or book directly online -  

  • Two posts at Collingwood Environmental Planning

    Jul 7, 2017 by Thomas Fischer

    CEP is seeking to recruit a Consultant and a Senior Consultant to be based at our London office. It would be much appreciated if you could send details of these opportunities to any contacts or networks that you think may be interested and/or your relevant Alumni mailing lists or careers office.

    These are opportunities for exceptional candidates to join our growing multi-disciplinary team providing innovative approaches to environmental, social and sustainability practice and research. Further information including the job descriptions and application forms are available on the jobs page of our website

  • Environmental Assessment and BREXIT

    Apr 25, 2017 by Thomas Fischer

    An event at the University of Liverpool on 14 June 2017. For more information and to register see here:

  • Implications of BREXIT for environmental assessment and management in the UK - a workshop at the University of Liverpool

    Mar 29, 2017 by Thomas Fischer

    It is currently unclear what the British Exit from the European Union (BREXIT) will mean for the environmental assessment and management regime in the UK in the long term. Considering existing pressures on and 'streamlining' attempts of environmental practices and standards, one possible consequence could be a considerable weakening of environmental policy. For strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA - together frequently referred to as environmental assessment - EA), this may mean e.g. raising thresholds for plans, programmes and projects requiring assessments, or reducing timescales for preparing them. 

    There is currently no defined strategy, process or initiative in place for engaging with or lobbying of central / devolved / local government with regards to how EA may, could or should change. There clearly ought to be a role, though, for the EA professional community in helping to shape future EA policy and supporting the development of an effective decision support instrument for environmentally sustainable development.

    This IAIA Ireland - UK branch workshop , planned to be held at the University of Liverpool on 14 June 2017 will start with a number of brief opinion statements of UK EA professionals, including government and agency / professional body representatives, consultants, trainers and academics on expected implications of BREXIT on future EA. This will be followed by group discussions on a number of themes and topics, aiming to identify strategies for safeguarding existing EA achievements and for supporting further development of an effective EA regime in the UK.

    We have assembled a preliminary group of speakers which includes Josh Fothergill (IEMA), Bill Sheate (Imperial College), Rufus Howards (DHV Royal Haskoning), Alan Bond (UEA), Ben Cave (Ben Cave Associates), Bridget Durning (Oxford Brookes University) and myself (Thomas Fischer, University of Liverpool). We will also invite government representatives (central, devolved and local) and party representatives.

    Please contact me if you would like to attend and / or contribute to this workshop or you know / would be able to convince any government representatives / MPs / others who would be interested to attend.

  • New report on planning for socially sustainable, resilient urban communities

    Mar 21, 2017 by Ben Cave

    Ever thought that social and well-being dimensions are absent from dialogue about cities vulnerable to climate change, and to sustainability and resilience?

    A new report has been published. What about the people? The socially sustainable, resilient community and urban development

    By Cathy Baldwin (University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University) and 
    Robin King (World Resources Institute and Georgetown University)

    What about the people? is a research and policy report about planning and designing public urban built environments to influence community behaviours and psychological states of mind that promote strong networks and cohesion in communities, thus improving their collective ability to adapt to and cope with the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

    It includes: 

    1. Case studies from urban development projects for housing, public spaces and transport stops, and / or environmental disasters situations.
    2. Policy recommendations for urban development stakeholders wanting to implement socially-aware planning for socially sustainable, resilient cities.
    3. A theoretical framework from the social and psychological sciences.
  • Share your engagement & climate change stories at the IAIA17 pre-conference training session

    Jan 11, 2017 by Tanya Burdett


    Come join us at the pre-IAIA17 conference training to improve your skills in communications and engagement, and share your lessons learned in applying these skills in matters relating to climate change. I'll be drawing on some recent experience working in the transport, energy and climate sectors, on everything from policy development to managing construction on the ground of large scale wind farms and water treatment plants.

    It will be a highly interactive session - warts and all sharing encouraged, to learn from what doesn't work as much as what does!

    What could be more timely as we enter a new era of politics, policy and project implementation in the USA, UK and in so many other parts of the globe? And where scepticism can feel like it's not going away anytime soon, so it remains important to take different approaches, look at things through other lenses and work to ever more effective ways to bring about the changes needed. 

    We look forward to you joining us!

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