Prof John Glasson

Emeritus Professor
Co-founder of OISD
Co-founder of Impact Assesment Group
Director, Oxfordshire Economic Observatory

Teaching interests

Regional development and planning; environmental impact assessment; SEA/sustainability appraisal; economic analysis; and tourism impacts analysis.

Research interests and consultancy expertise

As above, with a focus on the socio-economic impacts of major projects, sustainability appraisal, evolving regional planning and governance, and energy and tourism impact studies.

Recent appointments /awards

  • Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (2009-date)
  • Commissioner, UK Infrastructure Planning Commission (2010-to date)
  • Visiting Professor, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia (2002-date)
  • Visiting Professor, UTM, Malaysia (2008-to date)

Examples of recent projects

  • Socio-economics impacts adviser to Jacobs/Hitachi for Wylfa Nuclear New Build (2014 to date)
  • Lead Examining Inspector (PINS-NI) for Hornsea 2 OWF (2015-2016)
  • Examining Inspector (PINS-NI) for Hornsea 1 OWF (2013-2014)
  • Member of Independent Peer Review Panel for Qatar National Plan (for Qatar Government) (2010)
  • Adviser to Dutch Government on scope of environmental assessments for new nuclear power station proposals (for Dutch Government) (2010)
  • Adviser to UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on EIA/SEA/SA procedures for managing nuclear waste (2010 to date)
  • Independent Review Panel: Plan for Thames Estuary 2100—funded by Environment Agency (ongoing)
  • The local socio-economic impacts of the potential UK nuclear new build programme—funded by British Energy (ongoing)
  • Oxfordshire Economic Observatory projects. Innovation by Adoption – the case of Milton Park, Oxon—funded by NESTA (ongoing)
  • Socio-economic impacts of decommissioning nuclear power stations – funded by Magnox Electric (ongoing)
  • Editor, Routledge Natural and Built Environment series (ongoing)
  • Economic Ecology of Small Firms—for Federation of Small Businesses
  • End-state Consultation Process for Decommissioning of JET (Joint European Torus) fusion project—for UKAEA
  • Skills base in the planning system – funded by the LGA, EO & ODPM
  • Offshore wind farms. Initial socio-economic studies (Wash) and monitoring studies – funded by National Wind Power
  • Rural Economy of South Downs – funded by Sussex Downs Conservation Board
  • Assessing Significance in EIA – funded by ESRC
  • Application and Effectiveness of EU EIA Directive – funded by EC DG Env

Examples of recent publications and conference papers


2017 (forthcoming) `Socio-Economic Impacts 1: Overview and Economic Impacts', and ‘Social Impacts’ in Therivel, R and G. Wood (eds.), Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment, 4th Edition, Routledge, London

2015 (with J. Brunner), (Eds) Contemporary Issues in Australian Urban and Regional Planning, Routledge, London

2012 (with R. Therivel and A. Chadwick), Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 4th Edition, Routledge: London.

2008 ( Edited with M.Schmidt; L.Emmelin; H.Helbron) Standards and Thresholds In EIA Verlag Springer: Berlin

2007 (with T.Marshall) Regional Planning: Concepts, Theory and Practice Routledge: London

2007 (with H. Lawton-Smith) Enterprising Oxford; the Oxfordshire Model for Innovation and Growth, Oxon. Economic Observatory, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University

2004 (with A. Rodriguez-Bachiller), Expert Systems and Geographical Information Systems for Impact Assessment, Taylor and Francis, London


2013 (with J.Weston, D. Shiers and E. Wilson) Implementing new EU environmental law: the short life of the UK Waste Management Plan Regulations. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

2012 (with A. Perdicoulis), How clearly is causality communicated in EIA? Journal of Environmental Assessment and Project Management, 14 (3), pp

2011 (with T. Jones, D. Wood and E. Fulton), Regional Planning and Resilient Futures: Destination Modelling and Tourism Development –The Case of the Ningaloo Coastal Region in Western Australia Planning Practice and Research, 26 (4) pp393-415

2011 (with H.Heilbron, M.Schmidt and A. Downes), Indicators for Strategic Environmental Assessment in Regional Land Use Planning to assess conflicts with adaptation to global climate change, Ecological Indicators, 11(1), pp90-95

2011 (with A. Perdicoulis) The Use of Indicators in Planning: Effectiveness and Risks, Planning Practice and Research, 26 (3) pp349-367

2011 (with P. Cozens) Making communities safer from crime: an undervalued element in impact assessment, EIA Review, 31, pp25-35

2010 (with Young-Il Song) A new paradigm for Environmental Assessment in Korea, EIA Review, 30, pp 90-99

2010 (with B. Durning, J. Carpenter, and G. Butina) The Spiral of Knowledge Development: Professional Knowledge Development in Planning, Planning Practice and Research, 25 (4), pp 497-516.

2009 (with G. Wood) Urban regeneration and impact assessment for social sustainability, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 27(4), pp 283-290

2009 (with A. Perdicoulis) The causality premise of EIA in practice, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 27(3), pp 247-250

2008(with A. Chadwick and H. Lawton-Smith) Employment Growth in Knowledge – Intensive Business Services in Great Britain during the 1990s - variations at the Regional and Sub-Regional levels, Local Economy

2008 (with M. Hanutsch) Much ado about SEA/SA monitoring: the performance of English Regional Spatial Strategies, and some German comparisons. Environmental Impact Assessment Review

2007 (with J. O'Brien and R. Keivani), Towards a new paradigm in environmental policy development in high income developing countries: the case of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Progress in Planning, Dec 2007

2006 (with B Durning), Delivering the UK planning system-Skill capacity constraints? Town Planning Review, December

2006 (with A. Perdicoulis) Causal Networks in EIA. Environmental Impact Assessment Review .26 pp 553-569

2006 (with D.Wood) Giving the Environment a Voice: the Transformational Potential of Valuing Tourism in Sensitive Natural Environments - the Case of the Ningaloo Coastal Region, Western Australia. Planning Practice and Research, 20(4), (pp 391-407)

2006 (with A. Chadwick and H. Lawton Smith) 'Defining, Explaining and Managing High-Tech Growth: the Case of Oxfordshire' European Planning Studies

2006 (with G. Wood and J. Becker) 'EIA Scoping in England and Wales: Practitioner Approaches, Perspectives and Constraints' Environmental Impact Assessment Review

2005 (with H. Lawton Smith and A. Chadwick) 'The Geography of Talent: Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development in Oxfordshire', Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

2005 'Better monitoring for better impact management: the local socio-economic impacts of constructing Sizewell B nuclear power station', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, July (05)