Overview of thesis
My current PhD research focuses on the effectiveness of impact assessment (IA), in particular expectations of the IA process since it’s inception and answer the research question – how much can be expected from the IA process?
IA is common worldwide as recently demonstrated by Morgan (2012) and generically defined as ‘the process of identifying the future environmental consequences of a current or proposed action’ (IAIA, 1999). As such IA plays an important role as a tool for decision-making (Weston, 2000). Arguably, one of the most important features of IA is that it is adaptable (Morgan, 2012). This essential element has contributed to IA’s successful development and implementation within various jurisdictions (Cashmore, Richardson, Hilding-Ryedvik, & Emmelin, 2010; Morgan, 2012). IA is common worldwide and generically defined as ‘the process of identifying the future environmental consequences of a current or proposed action’ (IAIA, 1999). Surprisingly, despite its various roles and adaptability, specific expectations of IA are rarely explicitly mentioned.
The aim of this research is to gather information on the expectations of the IA process since it’s inception and answer the research question – how much can be expected from the IA process?
A number of key questions will be used to guide this research, primarily:
- What are the expectations of IA?
- Have these expectations changed over time?
- Do expectations differ between stakeholders?
- Is IA currently meeting stakeholder expectations?
- Masters of Science in Environmental Science, Murdoch University (2015 – 2016)
- Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Resource Management, Southern Cross University (2004 – 2006)
- Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management Murdoch University (2015-2015)
Awards and Recognition
- School of Science Research Scholarship, Edith Cowan University
- Currently: Research Assistant – IAIA innovation grant, ECU
- January 2018 – July 2018: Murdoch University. Unit Co-coordinator - ENV556 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment
- Jones, M., & Morrison-Saunders, A. (2017). Understanding the long-term influence of EIA on organisational learning and transformation. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 64, 131-138. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.03.007
- Jones, M., & Morrison-Saunders, A. (2016). Making sense of significance in environmental impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34(1), 87-93. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14615517.2015.1125643
Conference Publications/ Presentations
- ‘Exploring stakeholder expectations from IA literature’ at the EIANZ Symposium for IA practitioners and researchers: Reimagining approvals – strategic approaches to support impact assessment (Melbourne, February 15-16th 2018)
- ‘How much can we expect from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process?’ at the EIANZ Symposium for IA practitioners and researchers: Doing impact assessment in the context of uncertainty and risk (Sydney, 20-21st February 2017)
Ms Megan Jones
PhD Candidate - Environmental Impact Assessment
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science
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