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F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay, Prof

Professor of Social Impact Assessment and Management


Prof Frank Vanclay has a personal chair as a professor of social impact assessment and management. He is included in the 2023 Stanford University listing of the world’s top 2% of scientists and is a leading authority in the field of social practice/social performance. Prof Vanclay has received awards from the International Association for Impact Assessment and other organizations. He has authored many key documents in the social impact assessment field, including the 2003 International Principles (, and the 2015 international guidance document ( A recent open access book (with 37 chapters and over 600 pages) is: Vanclay & Esteves (eds) 2024 Handbook in Social Impact Assessment and Management, Edward Elgar. Apart from social impact assessment, his interests include: project induced displacement & resettlement; social licence to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries & society; business & human rights; human rights impact assessment; Indigenous rights; Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC); benefit sharing; community engagement; public participation; avoiding the resource curse; corporate social responsibility; university social responsibility; sense of place; place attachment; endogenous regional development; rural communities; social aspects of climate change; applied social research; human geography; rural sociology; environmental sociology; natural resource sociology; and sociology of agriculture & food.

Other positions

Associate, Community Insights Group
Series Editor of the Edward Elgar book series, Research Handbooks in Impact Assessment.
Member of the Editorial Boards of: Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal; Journal of Responsible Innovation; Rural Society
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Contact information

Place of work

+31 50 36 33896 (Secretariat)