Social Impact Assessment

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Social Impact Assessment
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Social Impact Assessment
Leerdoelen • have a general understanding of the consequences of projects and policies on people and communities;
• have an awareness of the discipline/discourse/paradigm/field of research and practice of SIA, and of the theoretical and methodological developments in that field, and their relevance to planning and policy making;
• know the procedures and methods by which to assess the social impacts of a project;
• have an understanding of the importance of thinking about SIA as a process rather than as a technique/tool;
• be aware of some of the ethical issues associated with the practice of SIA;
• be able to critically engage with various social science concepts (including place and place attachment) and be able to see their relevance and application to SIA;
• be familiar with the process of writing a journal article.
Omschrijving Social Impact Assessment (SIA) can be simply defined as the processes of managing the social issues of projects. To some extent, SIA is the social equivalent of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and is part of the impact assessment family (which also includes Strategic Environmental Assessment, Biodiversity Impact Assessment, Health Impact Assessment, Human Rights Impact Assessment, Technology Assessment), but over time SIA has developed to be mostly about the management systems used to address social issues (at multiple levels) rather than just being a regulatory tool to determine whether project approval should be given. Sometimes, it is called ‘Social Performance’. SIA does work with regulatory agencies to contribute to decision-making and approval processes; however SIA also works with the proponent of a development plan to improve projects through project (re)design, site selection, and design and implementation of mitigation measures and monitoring programs. In addition, SIA works with project financiers (especially international financial institutions) to determine social risks and whether project financing should be approved. Finally, SIA works with NGOs to ensure projects meet international standards; and SIA works with impacted communities to assist in coping with change and planning for positive futures. SIA is best conceived as a discourse or paradigm about the management of the social issues of projects, and as being much more than the technocratic or bureaucratic procedure EIA is. This course enables students to learn about the important role SIA can play in assisting in the better implementation of planned interventions (projects, plans, policies, programmes). Upon completion of the course, students will have an increased awareness of the social impacts of spatial interventions and will be able to put this learning into practice.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Individual assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. F.M.D. Vanclay
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. F.M.D. Vanclay
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A list of recommended reading will be provided in the course outline.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  (Electives) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze