The IAU (Impacts Assessment Unit) at Oxford Brookes was established by John Glasson (now Emeritus Professor) in the late 1970s with an initial focus on the assessment of the socio-economic impacts of major projects, particularly in the UK energy sector. Over the last 40 years IAU’s remit has widened and it is now an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research, knowledge exchange and all aspects of environmental and social impact assessment.
The work undertaken by staff within the IAU has always been ‘close to practice’. Our current consultancy focus is on:
- Evaluating the quality of environmental statement/reports submitted with consent applications
- Providing expert peer support to the environmental statement production
- Providing expert input to aspects of the assessment process
- Audit/ follow up and compliance monitoring