The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is offering a free webinar on 'Understanding Impacts on Vulnerable Populations through Psycho-Social Impact Assessment.' The webinar will be presented by IAIA member Michael Edelstein on 19 July.
Psycho-Social Impact Assessment (PSIA) is historically underutilized. Its absence partially explains why affected publics so often feel that their issues are not addressed in the EIA process. Valid assessment and appropriate testimony are required for weight to be given the issue when decisions are made.
This webinar addresses how people are victimized by adverse environmental change. It is intended for a wide audience. Methods reflect approaches shared by most social sciences and within reach of citizen scientists. The topic has importance for professionals from all fields involved with EIA, including lawyers, jurists and government officials.
For more information or to register, click here.
Contact: Bridget John, IAIA Headquarters
Presenter Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D. has been doing PSIA since the 1970’s, preparing research and expert testimony for administrative hearings and toxic tort litigation and to influence government policy and practice. His focus has been on human impacts from exposure to environmental contamination and significant environmental degradation, including siting of hazardous facilities. He has worked on such diverse issues as nuclear waste disposal, tar sands upgrading and gas extraction, nuclear disaster, community contamination and the Aral Sea disaster. Since 1974, Edelstein has been Professor of Environmental Psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he regularly courses on EIA. He has been President of the NGO, Orange Environment, Inc., since 1982.
The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. IAIA was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. It has over 1700 members from more than 120 countries around the world.