Abstract: Part I. Introduction to social assessment in natural resource institutions: . Social assessment in natural resource management: promise, potentiality and practice Part II. Institutionalising social assessment in the global context: . The international institutionalisation of social impact assessment; . Institutionalising social assessment at the World Bank; . The institutionalisation of social assessment in South Africa: the post-apartheid window of opportunity; . Assessing environmental justice: social assessment lessons from the California Energy Commission's sitting process Part III. Institutionalising social assessment at the national level: . Social assessment in New Zealand resource management; . Limitation and opportunity: the institutional basis for social assessment in natural resource management in Australia; . Social assessment and resource management at the Australian federal level: trapped in an epistemiological corner?; . Reframing the nature and scope of social impact assessment: psychological and social (psychosocial) impacts Part IV. Institutionalising social assessment at the provincial level: . Institutionalising social assessment in Queensland: the Social Impact Assessment Unit 1993-1996; . The Western Australian Social Impact Unit 1989-1993: nicety or necessity?; . Social assessment in New South Wales and the 2000 Olympics: a great leap forward? Part V. Institutionalising social assessment at the local level: . Social impact assessment in the Australian Capital Territory; . Institutionalising social impact assessment in Australian local government: a practitioner's perspective from Brisbane City Countil, Queensland; . Social impact assessment at the local government level in New South Wales, Australia: the Lismore City Council experience Part VI. Institutionalising social assessment at the sector level: . The Australian urban water industry; . Social assessment in the tourism sector in New Zealand; . Hastening the evolution of Australian rural industry policy: social impact assessment in a broader context; . Social impact assessment in New Zealand natural resource management research institutions; . Social assessment in the Australian forest sector; . Social assessment and indigenous peoples: Aboriginal versus bureaucratic agency Part VII. Conclusions: the way forward: . Conclusions. Social assessment, natural resource institutions and the future.
Notes: 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.