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Social Assessment in Natural Resource Management Institutions

Social Assessment in Natural Resource Management Institutions

Allan Dale   CSIRO and Queensland Dept. of Natural Resources (Australia)
Nick Taylor   Taylor-Baines and Associates (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Marcus Lane   University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

312 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2001
ISBN: 9780643065581 - AU $ 64.95



This book is the first significant international attempt to outline and analyse how social assessment has been integrated within natural resource management institutions to date. In doing so, it focuses on contemporary Australian and New Zealand experiences, and relates these back to the international context.

Social Assessment in Natural Resource Management Institutions provides practical guidance for a wide range of planners, managers and stakeholders striving for better integration of social issues. The lessons derived are equally relevant to national, provincial, regional and local governance structures, international agencies, corporations, and community-based non-government organisations.


  • Contributions from a significant selection of the most experienced practitioners from Australia and New Zealand
  • Global context as well as local
  • Case studies which address indigenous Australian, as well as rural and urban environments



About editors and contributors

Part I: Introduction to Social Assessment in Natural Resource Institutions

Part II: Institutionalising Social Assessment in the Global Context

Part III: Institutionalising Social Assessment at the National Level

Part IV: Institutionalising Social Assessment at the Provincial Level

Part V: Institutionalising Social Assessment at the Local Level

Part VI: Institutionalising Social Assessment at the Sector Level

Part VII: Conclusions — The Way Forward


 "We are the richer for the analysis presented in this book. . . . I commend this book as worthy of serious reading – it will have a long shelf life."
ONKO KINGMA, Capital Agricultural Consultants Pty Ltd, Canberra
(Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Inc. and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002)

"The book would be a useful resource for Year 12 Environmental Science and Geography teachers and tertiary students for topics involving environmental planning."
Professor Rob Wallis and Dr Anne Wallis
Deakin University, School of Ecology & Environment, Warranambool
(Geographical Education, Volume 15, 2002)

“This is essential reading for those considering an involvement with social assessment. It is positive yet critical and directly confronts the important issues facing the area.”
Geoff Syme, CSIRO Land and Water (Australian Journal of Environmental Management Dec 2002)


 Allan Dale is a natural resource planner at CSIRO in Queensland, Australia and General Manager of Resource Policy in Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He was the first manager of Queensland's Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Unit from 1993 to 1996.

Marcus Lane is Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research is concerned with the interaction of civil society and the state in environmental planning. In earlier work he has examined social impact assessment (SIA) for indigenous peoples in resource planning.

Charles Nicholas Taylor is a director of Taylor-Baines and Associates in Christchurch, New Zealand. He specialises in social assessment relating to natural resource management, including tourism development. He has been involved in the development of techniques for social assessment and conducts training courses in social assessment internationally.


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