Dr Nick Taylor
Founding Director, Taylor Baines Associates
Nick has worked in the field of social impact assessment for over 30 years and is currently a director of Taylor-Baines and Associates (www.tba.co.nz). He is past President of the IAIA. With an academic background in applied sociology and environmental sciences, he has collaborated internationally to develop approaches and techniques for social impact assessment and co-authored the text Social Assessment: theory, process and techniques. He has supported capacity building in impact assessment, developing and conducting training courses on social impact assessment in New Zealand and internationally.
He has broad experience as a social researcher and team leader through numerous contracts to the public and private sectors, community groups and multilateral agencies, doing social and interdisciplinary research, impact assessments and evaluations. His research and consultancy work in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region has specialised in assisting communities to increase their resilience and sustainability, including in the agriculture, tourism, energy, forestry, fishing, and mining sectors. He has also assessed many infrastructural projects such as harbours, waste-water treatment, landfills, hydroelectricity and irrigation. He is currently working on catchment plans in Canterbury.
Principal Scientist, Water Quality , NIWA
Graham is a Principal Scientist with NIWA and is also affiliate faculty at Colorado State University. His principal area of research lies in the application of mathematical and statistical procedures to aquatic environmental issues, including their input into public policy. One major area has concerned the science behind, and formulation of, microbiological water quality standards for recreational water uses and for drinking water. He has been involved in formulation of successive government guidelines for microbiological water quality, including those proposed by WHO. His recent research includes USA-based efforts on a Water Environment Research Foundation study assessing the usefulness of Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment procedures in revising that country's recreational water quality "criteria" (with University of California at Davis).