Symposium Papers

Symposium Papers

Turning up the Heat

A symposium for SIA practitioners and researchers

On Friday 21st February 2014 Macquarie University's Department of Environment and Geography invited social impact practitioners, researchers and social planners to attend this social impact assessment symposium - a series of short presentations by leading social impact assessment (SIA) practitioners on current practice in this important field.

The focus of the symposium was how to turn up the heat on poor SIA practice including outright failure to consider social impacts, unprofessional methods, unethical practices, and avoidance of emerging issues that are clearly in plain sight. Taking the existence of these problems as largely evident and understood, the symposium focused on ways in which improvements in practice have been achieved (recent success stories) or could be achieved (ways to turn up the heat).

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