Social Impact Assessment (SIA) has always been an integral part of Impact Assessment in Aotearoa New Zealand. This year our two-day conference looks at contemporary issues for the practice of SIA. Speakers will review current practice under the Resource Management Act and in other contexts where SIA is used.
We ask in particular:
What are the benefits of SIA;
What are some examples of successful input to better informed decisions, and to impact management?
How well are we integrating SIA with other forms of assessment, including health?
What can SIA tell us about cumulative environmental effects?
How is SIA used in strategic assessment and regulatory impact assessment?
How well is SIA used outside the ambit of the RMA?
NZAIA invites the diverse impact assessment community and interested people in central regional and local government, iwi, universities, consultancies, the private sector and NGOs to attend. Graduate students are particularly welcome. Let’s work together to reshape SIA practice.
The conference will bring together invited speakers, submitted presentations and submitted poster papers, covering current issues for SIA practice, or topical case studies. There will also be invited case studies of SIA practice in a workshop format on the second afternoon to develop skills and advance methods in the field.
An invitation to submit presented papers
We invite anyone working in the field of SIA to present a paper to the conference. There will be a number of open sessions this year, so please submit your proposal to present a paper by Mon 31 August. Just send an abstract (up to 200 words) to email@example.com,nz. Places for papers accepted in the programme will be confirmed once the presenter is registered for the conference.
Presentations are usually 15 mins with 5 mins for questions and then a 30 min period for discussion in each session of three speakers. Slides, abstracts and a short paper (optional) will be published on our website in the online proceedings.
An invitation to submit poster papers
Poster papers are an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your work in a supportive atmosphere. Students in particular are encouraged to participate in this way.
Poster presentations can be on any aspect of impact assessment including social impacts. Please submit an abstract for your poster to firstname.lastname@example.org,nz by 30 October. Posters will be confirmed once the presenter is registered for the conference.