Prof Frank Vanclay


The Netherlands

Frank is professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Geography in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Frank specialises in the areas of social impact assessment, social understandings of place, and social aspects of environmental management and agriculture.

An internationally acclaimed expert in the field of SIA, Frank has considerable international experience, particularly through being an international adviser to: the European Commission, the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat); the Conflict Risk and Impact Assessment project of the London-based NGO, International Alert; the World Commission of Dams; and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On behalf of IAIA, he facilitated the process that led to the drafting of the International Principles for SIA, a landmark document that is widely cited by UN agencies, regulatory bodies, consultants, community representatives, academics and students. Prof Vanclay has been interested in SIA for 30 years and has published widely on the topic. He has edited New Directions in Social Impact Assessment together with Ana Maria Esteves, with whom he delivers SIA training. More recently, he led the development of the IAIA Guidance for SIA.