Transformative effectiveness: Evaluating how EIA may transform stakeholders’ frames of reference to deliver strong sustainability outcomes

Loomis, John J., Bond, Alan ORCID: and Dziedzic, Maurício (2022) Transformative effectiveness: Evaluating how EIA may transform stakeholders’ frames of reference to deliver strong sustainability outcomes. Environmental Science and Policy, 136. pp. 207-215. ISSN 1462-9011

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The principal aim of environmental impact assessment (EIA) is to foster sustainable development. Sustainability can be conceived along a ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ continuum, in which the latter holds that substitution of natural capital is severely limited, and evidence suggests that weak sustainability prevails in decision-making supported by EIA. Therefore, based on the assumption that strong sustainability is the required goal to protect biodiversity and mitigate future climate change, the aim of this paper is to establish the concept of transformative effectiveness to better evaluate how EIA can foster the transformation of stakeholders’ frames of references towards strong sustainability. The EIA systems of the US, EU, and Brazil were analyzed to identify the implicit and explicit drivers towards transformative change to a strong sustainability goal. A literature review of transformative change within impact assessment was used for identifying the necessary changes that need to come from both within policy actor networks and from the wider social-ecological-technological system in which EIA operates. From this, a new dimension of transactive effectiveness is characterized that can help to evaluate the extent to which EIA practice is transforming towards strong sustainability as a goal.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge that this research was supported by a project scholarship provided by Positivo University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: strong sustainability,environmental impact assessment,transformative learning,social learning,social-ecological-technological systems,environmental impact assessment,strong sustainability,transformative learning,social learning,social-ecological-technological systems,environmental science(all),geography, planning and development,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 13 - climate action,2* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2023 01:38
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.06.007


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