Science-Policy Relations & Impact Assessment

Impact assessments are governance instruments that are designed to link knowledge and political decision making. There is a whole ‘family’ of impact assessment tools that are designed to help making better policies by mapping likely significant impacts of strategies, policies, plans, programmes or projects on environmental, economic and/or social, and/or regulatory topics. The article ‘Owl meets Beehive’ (2014) is meant to be a general introduction to the relations between impact assessment and governance.

Below we have presented our publications in this field. We also have included for download some publications that focus on the challenging relation between science and policy in general. For more on this, see the RMNO page on this website.

Appointment as Member of UN CEPA (2018-2021)

Implementation of the SDGs
On nomination by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Louis was appointed on 26th July 2017 as Member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) from 1st January 2018 until 31st July 2021, in his personal capacity. The  members of CEPA meet annually at the UN Headquarters in New York. [...]

SDGs and RIA in Georgia (July/Sept 2017)

Impact Assessment
For German GIZ, Ingeborg contributes to workshops this summer in Georgia on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals and Regulatory Impact Assessment.
Implementation of the SDGs

Seminar on Research and Innovation and the SDGs in Brussels (December 2016)

Ingeborg spoke at a seminar on evaluating the current state of play of research and innovation policies for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe, and also how they can be aligned further with the SDGs, organised by the think tank CEPS in Brussels, Belgium, on 5 December 2016.
Books & Chapters

(2016) The implementation of the EU SEA Directive: Main achievements and challenges

Book chapter – Meuleman, L. (2016), The implementation of the EU SEA Directive: Main achievements and challenges. In: B. Sadler and J. Dusik (Eds), European and international Experience of Strategic Environmental Assessment: Recent Progress and Future Prospects, pp 57-83. This book brings together the latest thinking in Strategic Environmental Assessment [...]
Governance & Metagovernance

Owl meets Beehive: How Impact Assessment and Governance relate (2015)

Louis Meuleman (2015), in: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 33:1, 4-15, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2014.956436. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14615517.2014.956436 This article analyses the complex relationship between impact assessments (IAs) of all types (such as comprehensive, regulatory, economic, social, or environmental IAs) and their governance environment, using an analytical framework based on the concepts of governance styles and [...]
Impact Assessment

Panel presentation Univ Sussex (Aug 2015)

Louis presented in a panel during the 6th annual conference on Sustainability Transitions at the University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) on 26th August 2015.
Governance & Metagovernance

INSPIRE Conference Lisbon (May 2015)

Louis presented the paper “From Garbage Can to Cloud Governance: New action perspectives for information providers and public decision makers” on 25th May at the Geospatial World Forum / INSPIRE conference in Lisbon.
Governance & Metagovernance

IAIA Conference Florence (Apr. 2015)

Louis co-organised a European Forum within the 2015 annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment IAIA) in April in Florence, Italy, and co-chaired a session on the potential benefits of impact assessments for economy and environment. Conference website
Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment & Science-Policy Relations

Impact assessments are governance instruments that are designed to link knowledge and political decision making. There is a whole ‘family’ of impact assessment tools that are designed to help making better policies by mapping likely significant impacts of strategies, policies, plans, programmes or projects on environmental, economic and/or social, and/or regulatory [...]
Governance & Metagovernance

Impact Assessment and Governance (2014)

Louis wrote a two-page info fiche on IA and governance, on request by the International Association for Impact Assessment. It introduces a threefold relation between IA and governance, addresses typical problems, things to know and things to do. Download here.
Governance & Metagovernance

Transgovernance: Oration Roel in ‘t Veld (2014)

Febr – Roeland in ‘t Veld presented his oration as UNESCO professor Governance of Sustainability at Tilburg University (NL) on 7 February 2014. Download pdf here (in Dutch): Transgovernance – Duurzame ontwikkeling in een kennisdemocratie (Transgovernance – Sustainable Development in a knowledge democracy).
Impact Assessment

Governance & IA in Chile (April 2014) 

Louis co-hosted three sessions, two on Governance & Impact Assessment, and one on SEA, at the 2014 International Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), from 8-11 April 2014 in Vina del Mar, Chile.
All Publ Chronological

Cognitive dissonance & evidence based policy-making (2012)

Louis Meuleman (2012), paper presented at the 2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development, 5-6 October 2012 Evidence‐based policy making has become popular in political circles, as it promises an indisputable, ‘true’ knowledge base for policies. The call for more ‘evidence’ is especially loud in environmental and sustainability politics. This is in sharp [...]
Impact Assessment

Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment (2008)

  De Zeeuw, A., R.J. in ’t Veld, D. van Soest, L. Meuleman and P. Hoogewoning This report reviews the theoretical literature and the current debate on the valuation of environmental goods and services, on the discounting of future benefits and costs, and on how social cost benefit analysis (SCBAs) can be integrated in the policy [...]
Impact Assessment

Sustainability Impact Assessment and Regulatory Impact Assessment (2008)

Ingeborg Niestroy, In: OECD (ed.): Conducting Sustainability Assessments, p. 67-88. OECD Sustainable Development Studies Driven by more complex and complicated policy challenges, persistent problems, and conflicting interests, the desire for rooting policy-making in the available stock of knowledge and applying supporting techniques and procedures has grown. Impact Assessments (IA) are increasingly [...]
Impact Assessment

SEA as instrument for environmental integration (2000)

  Ingeborg Niestroy (2000) Die strategische UVP als Instrument zur Integration von Umweltbelangen in andere Politikbereiche The English summary of this dissertation on SEA as instrument for environmental integration can be downloaded here. By investigating two case studies on waterways, one in California with SEA and one in Germany without SEA, the normative deficiencies [...]