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Professor Angus Morrison-Saunders

Professor, Environmental Management

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5372
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.340  

Angus is Professor in Environmental Management in the School of Science with particular expertise in environmental impact assessment and sustainability.

Current Teaching

  • SCM3203 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • SCI5250 Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures
  • SCI2108 Environmental Management and Sustainability


  • Extraordinary Professor in Environmental Sciences and Management, Research Unit for Environmental Science and Management, North West University (Potchefstroom campus), South Africa (2010 – present)
  • Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2015 – present)
  • Associate Professor in Environmental Assessment, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia (2000 – 2017)
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Impact Assessment Review journal (2015 –2017)
  • Co-Editor of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal journal (2008 – 2014)
  • Lecturer/Coordinator of Environmental Studies, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Australia (1996 – 1999)

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Consultants Association (WA) Inc.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • Eric Anderson prize 2016-2017 - Best Paper Australasian Journal of Environmental Management: Larcombe P and A Morrison-Saunders (2017) Managing marine environments and decision-making requires better application of the physical sedimentary sciences, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 24:2, 200-221
  • Best Poster 2015: Sehaole P, JA Wessels and A Morrison-Saunders (2015), Investigating South Africa Environmental Practitioner's perceptions on the integration of specialist studies in EIA reports, presented at: South African Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment IAIAsa 2015, 20th Annual National Conference What are we achieving? Where are we heading?, 11-14 August 2015, Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg, KZN, South Africa.
  • International Association for Impact Assessment Outstanding Service Award 2015 - for commitment and service to the International Association for Impact Assessment and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal journal
  • International Association for Impact Assessment 2010 Individual Award for "sustained and significant contribution to environmental impact assessment regionally and internationally, visible through contributions to the ongoing education of impact assessment practitioners, through numerous publications and through generous support of IAIA and its annual conferences". Presented at: The Role of Impact Assessment in Transitioning to the Green Economy, 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 6-11 April 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Best Paper 2009 Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal: Weaver, A, J Pope, A Morrison-Saunders and P Lochner (2008) Contributing to Sustainability as an EIA Practitioner, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal26(2): 91-98

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2006 - Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2006 - Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Contributions to Student Learning Environment, Murdoch University, Australia

Research Areas and Interests

My research interests all revolve around the translation of policies, legislation and administrative practices into environmental and/or sustainability behaviours and outcomes with a particular focus upon impact assessment. Major topics include:

  • efficacy and effectiveness of environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability assessment (SA) procedures and practice;
  • EIA follow-up and adaptive environmental management;
  • environmental education - promoting environmentally appropriate behavioural change through education and environmental interpretation in natural areas (nature-based tourism), including enhancement of tertiary education;
  • mine closure planning; and
  • effectiveness of self regulation (environmental management systems and corporate environmental reporting) on corporate environmental management.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 1997.


Recent Research Grants

  • Best Practice Principles for Teaching Impact Assessment ,  International Association for Impact Assessment,  Grant,  2018,  $13,197.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Bond, A., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), Environmental Impact Assessment and the Quest for Sustainable Mining. Mining and Sustainable Development: Current Issues, 47-64, London, England, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315121390.
  • Hughes, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), Whose Needs and What is to be Sustained?. Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development, 112-129, Oxford, UK, Goodfellow Publishers Limited.
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., Hughes, M., (2018), Overcoming Sustainability Displacement – The challenge of making sustainability accessible in the here and now. Disciplining the Undisciplined?: Perspectives from Business, Society and Politics on Responsible Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, 39–53, Cham, Springer International.

Journal Articles

  • Bond, A., Pope, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Retief, F., (2021), Taking an environmental ethics perspective to understand what we should expect from EIA in terms of biodiversity protection. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 86(1), 1-7, DOI:
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., Pope, J., Jones, M., (2020), Establishing international best practice principles for impact assessment teaching and training. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 38(4), 336–353, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2020.1762390.
  • Jones, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2020), Embracing evolutionary change to advance impact assessment (IA). Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 38(2), 100–103, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2019.1664822.
  • Getty, R., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2020), Evaluating the effectiveness of integrating the environmental impact assessment and mine closure planning processes. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 82(May 2020), Article number 106366, DOI:
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., Sánchez, L., Retief, F., Sinclair, J., Doelle, M., Jones, M., Wessels, J., Pope, J., (2020), Gearing up impact assessment as a vehicle for achieving the UN sustainable development goals. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 38(2), 113–117, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2019.1677089.
  • Rosa, J., Geneletti, D., Morrison-Saunders, A., Sanchez, L., Hughes, M., (2020), To what extent can mine rehabilitation restore recreational use of forest land? Learning from 50 years of practice in southwest Australia. Land Use Policy: the international journal covering all aspects of land use, 90(January 2020), Article number 104290, DOI:
  • Bond, A., Pope, J., Fundingsland, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., Retief, F., Hauptfleisch, M., (2020), Explaining the political nature of environmental impact assessment (EIA): A neo-Gramscian perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244(20 January 2020), Article number 118694, DOI:
  • Rosa, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Hughes, M., Sánchez, L., (2020), Planning mine restoration through ecosystem services to enhance community engagement and deliver social benefits. Restoration Ecology, 28(4), 937-946, DOI: 10.1111/rec.13162.
  • Sandham, L., Huysamen, C., Retief, F., Morrison-Saunders, A., Bond, A., Pope, J., Alberts, R., (2020), Evaluating Environmental Impact Assessment report quality in South African national parks. Koedoe, 62(1), a1631, DOI:
  • Preuss, S., Cabral, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Hughes, M., Nune, A., (2020), Understanding community perceptions of an urban stream before and after a discussion of revitalization possibilities using photo-elicitation. Environment, Development and Sustainability: a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development, 2020(Article in press), 1-20, DOI:
  • Swanepoel, F., Retief, F., Bond, A., Pope, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Houptfleisch, M., Fundingsland, M., (2019), Explanations for the quality of biodiversity inputs to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in areas with high biodiversity value. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 21(2), Article number 1950009, DOI: DOI: 10.1142/S1464333219500091.
  • Pope, J., Wessels, J., Douglas, A., Hughes, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2019), The potential contribution of environmental impact assessment (EIA) to responsible tourism: The case of the Kruger National Park. Tourism Management Perspectives, 32(October 2019), Article number 100557, DOI:
  • Chanchitpricha , C., Morrison-Saunders, A., Bond, A., (2019), Investigating the Effectiveness of Strategic Environmental Assessment in Thailand. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 37(3-4), 356–368, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2019.1595941.
  • De Witt, M., Pope, J., Retief, F., Bond, A., Morrison-Saunders, A., Steenkamp, C., (2019), Biodiversity offsets in EIA: Getting the timing right. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 75(March 2019), 1-12, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2018.11.001.
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., Hughes, M., Pope, J., Douglas, A., Wessels, J., (2019), Understanding visitor expectations for responsible tourism in an iconic national park: differences between local and international visitors. Journal of Ecotourism, 18(3), 284-294, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2019.1567740.
  • Pinto, E., Morrison-Saunders, A., Bond, A., Pope, J., Retief, F., (2019), Distilling and Applying Criteria for Best Practice EIA Follow-Up. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 21(2), Article number 1950008, DOI: 10.1142/S146433321950008X.
  • Douglas, A., Wessels, J., Pope, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Hughes, M., (2019), Measuring Kruger visitors’ place attachment to specific camps. Koedoe, 61(1), Article number a1559, DOI:
  • Bond, A., Pope, J., Retief, F., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), On legitimacy in impact assessment: An epistemologically-based conceptualisation. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 69(March), 16-23, Philadelphia, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2017.11.006.
  • Wessels, J., Mostert, R., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), Occupation to Profession: The Need, Drivers and Course of Action for Regulating the South African Environmental Control Officer Industry. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 20(4), Article no.1850011, DOI: 10.1142/S1464333218500114.
  • Rosa, J., Sanchez, L., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), Getting to ‘agreed’ post-mining land use – an ecosystem services approach. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 36(3), 220-229, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2018.1445175.
  • Pope, J., Bond, A., Cameron, C., Retief, F., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2018), Are current effectiveness criteria fit for purpose? Using a controversial strategic assessment as a test case. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 70(1), 34-44, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2018.01.004.
  • Lai, P., Morrison-Saunders, A., Grimstad, S., (2017), Operating small tourism firms in rural destinations: A social representations approach to examining how small tourism firms copewith non-tourism induced changes. Tourism Management: research, policies, practice, 58(Feb), 164-174, DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.10.017.
  • Jones, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2017), Understanding the long-term influence of EIA on organisational learning and transformation. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 64(May), 131-138, Philadelphia, United States, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2017.03.007.
  • Alberts, R., Wessels, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., McHenry, M., Sequeira, A., Mtegha, H., Doepel, D., (2017), Complexities with extractive industries regulation on the African continent: What has ‘best practice’ legislation delivered in South Africa?. The Extractive Industries and Society, 4(2), 267-277, DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2016.08.005.
  • Quach, A., Murray, F., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2017), The vulnerability of shrimp farming income to climate change events: A case study in Ca Mau, Vietnam. International Journal of Climate Change and Strategies Management, 9(2), 261-280, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-05-2015-0062.
  • Geneletti, D., Biasiolli, A., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2017), Land take and the effectiveness of project screening in Environmental Impact Assessment: Findings from an empirical study. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 67(Nov), 117-123, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2017.08.008.
  • Pope, J., Bond, A., Huge, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2017), Reconceptualising sustainability assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 62(1), 205-215, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2016.11.002.
  • Larcombe, P., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2017), Managing marine environments and decision-making requires better application of the physical sedimentary sciences. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 24(2), 200-221, DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2017.1309694.
  • Gorey, P., McHenry, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., Mtegha, H., Doepel, D., (2016), Critical elements in implementing fundamental change in public environmental policy: Western Australia’s mine closure and rehabilitation securities reform. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23(4), 370-381, DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2016.1179227.
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., McHenry, M., Sequeira, A., Gorey, P., Mtegha, H., Doepel, D., (2016), Integrating mine closure planning with environmental impact assessment: challenges and opportunities drawn from African and Australian practice. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34(2), 117-128, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2016.1176407.
  • Retief, F., Bond, A., Pope, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., King, N., (2016), Global megatrends and their implications for environmental assessment practice. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 61(Nov), 52-60, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2016.07.002.
  • Bond, A., Pope, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Retief, F., (2016), A game theory perspective on environmental assessment: What games are played and what does this tell us about decision making rationality and legitimacy?. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 57(Feb), 187-194, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2016.01.002.
  • Sequeira, A., McHenry, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., Mtegha, H., Doepel, D., (2016), Is the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) sufficient to generate transparency in environmental impact and legacy risks? the Zambian minerals sector. Journal of Cleaner Production, 129(August), 427-436, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.036.
  • Jones, M., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2016), Making sense of significance in environmental impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34(1), 87-93, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2015.1125643.

Conference Publications

  • Getty, R., Morrison-Saunders, A., (2019), Does the integration of environmental impact assessment and mine closure planning deliver effective mine closure plans in Western Australia?. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, 817–832, online, Australian Centre for Geomechanics.
  • Morrison-Saunders, A., (2019), The action is where the social is! The ecosystem services concept and other ideas for enhancing stakeholder engagement in integrated mine closure planning. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, 5–18, online, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, DOI: 10.36487/ACG_rep/1915_02_Morrison-Saunders.
  • Rosa, J., Morrison-Saunders, A., Sánchez, L., Hughes, M., Geneletti, D., (2019), Applying ecosystem services assessment in closure planning to enhance post-mining land-use outcomes: learning from bauxite mining in Brazil and Australia. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure, 923–935, online, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, DOI: 10.36487/ACG_rep/1915_73_Morrison_Saunders.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: How Could Permaculture Deliver a Sustainable Model of Farming Within The “Planetary Boundaries”, in France?
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Impact of Communication Strategies on Visitors in Natural Areas
  • Master by Research: Assessment of Key Sustainability Factors Influencing the Development of Shale Gas in the UK
  • Master by Research: Understanding the Role of Business in Identifying and Protecting the Environmental Dimension of Human Rights
  • Master by Research: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Ecological Mitigation Practice in South African Mining Companies
  • Master by Research: The Impact of Sustainability Jargon on Conceptual Understanding
  • Master by Research: Understanding the Motivations of Communities Living In and Around the iSimangaliso Wetland Park In Order to Develop Campaigns For Sustainability Through Behavioural Change
  • Master by Research: Differences in Sustainability Practitioners’ Motivations in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors: Working with Extractive Companies and International Non-Profit Organisations in Thailand
  • Master by Research: An Evaluation of Sustainability Reports: Transparency, Disclosure and Verification

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Understanding Independent Environmental Control Officers: Learning From Major South African Construction Projects
  • Master by Research: Towards Sustainability Follow-up: The Port of Ngqura Evaluation
  • Master by Research: How Can the Quality of South African Environmental Management Programmes Be Determined?
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Shrimp Farming Vulnerabilities and Adaptation to Climate Change in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam
  • Master by Research: Investigating South African Environmental Practitioners’ Perceptions on the Integration of Specialist Studies in EIA Reports
  • Master by Research: Investigating the Relationship Between the Characteristics of Environmental Management Systems and International Cyanide Management Code

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: An Examination of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Practices for Effectively Addressing Climate Change Issues
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Facing the Gorgon: Sustainability Assessment and Policy Learning in Western Australia
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