Closure planning

Evans, Robin (2011). Closure planning. In Frank Vanclay and Ana Maria Esteves (Ed.), New directions in social impact assessment: Conceptual and methodological advances (pp. 221-232) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

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Author Evans, Robin
Title of chapter Closure planning
Title of book New directions in social impact assessment: Conceptual and methodological advances
Place of Publication Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Publisher Edward Elgar
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781849801171
Editor Frank Vanclay
Ana Maria Esteves
Chapter number 13
Start page 221
End page 232
Total pages 18
Total chapters 21
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The practice of social impact assessment (SIA) described in this volume has as its central theme the analysis, monitoring and management of the social consequences of development (Vanclay, 2003). The most common applications tend to be associated with the introduction of a new economic development such as new infrastructure, industry or facilities. Conceptually, SIA can also be applied to changes brought about by the closure of projects, industries or other activities, but in practice this is uncommon. There are several reasons for this, primarily that most projects assume a long-term or indefinite future ~ith closure aspects receiving relatively little attention early in a project's life. Further, many closure events are driven by economic or political change, and are relatively sudden and unplanned, leaving little scope for prior analysis. Notwithstanding these factors, there are a range of studies that address the social impacts of closure. The most common examples tend to fall into certain sectors or industries including military base closures, the closure of natural resource-based industries such as fisheries or logging due to changes in government policy, and manufacturing facility closures associated with changes in market and economic conditions. While the military base examples tend to be more premeditated, closure impacts are not usually considered at the time of base establishment. It is worth noting that most of the literature on this topic tends to be retrospective descriptive analyses of the impacts of closure, rather than attempts to forecast and manage such impacts (e.g. Smith et al., 2003; Minchin, 2009). [Extract]
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