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Impact assessment culture in the European Union: time for something new?

Saltelli, A., Kuc-Czarnecka, M., Lo Piano, S. ORCID:, Lőrincz, M. J. ORCID:, Olczyk, M., Puy, A., Reinert, E., Smith, S. T. ORCID: and van der Sluijs, J. P. (2023) Impact assessment culture in the European Union: time for something new? Environmental Science & Policy, 142. pp. 99-111. ISSN 1462-9011

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2023.02.005


Current approaches and cultures for the economic evaluations of environmental and health policies may suffer from excessive reliance on a standard neoclassic economic toolbox that neglects alternative perspectives. This may prematurely limit the spectrum of available policy options. Here we show how the inclusion of neglected currents of thought such as non-Ricardian economics, bioeconomics and a set of qualitative-quantitative methods from post-normal science leads to richer perspectives for a more inclusive uses of quantitative evidence, and opens the analysis to more possible futures. We also present some case studies in the energy, water, health and climate domains that highlight the point in a practical context for a more policy-oriented audience. We situate our analysis in the context of recent calls in the EU for the inclusion of more perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities in environmental assessment works.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering
ID Code:110993


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