Nominations are invited through 21 September 2021 for the 2022 IAIA Awards. View the past IAIA award winners below.
Global AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Presented to a leading individual or institution that has made a substantial contribution to impact assessment practice, management, or policy at a global scale.
Corporate Initiative AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Presented to a private or public sector company for a specific activity or project that has made a notable contribution to responsible development practice through the application of impact assessment.
Individual AwardSUBMIT NOMINATIONAcknowledges personal contributions to the discipline of impact assessment and recognizes major achievement and advancement in the theory and/or practice over a period of time at an international level.
Institutional AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Presented to a national or international organization for outstanding contribution to impact assessment, such as a significant contribution to the practice of impact assessment, setting regulatory standards, or other environment-related activity deserving recognition.
Lifetime Achievement AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Previously known as the Rose-Hulman Award. Awarded to a past or present member of IAIA for major contribution to the field of impact assessment over a sustained period. [Note that this is the only award for which IAIA membership is required.]
Regional AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Awarded to a person or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the field of impact assessment and/or has taken a leadership role in promoting best practice in impact assessment within the general world region of the location of the conference for the year.
*NEW* Youth AwardSUBMIT NOMINATION Acknowledges a distinguished young IAIA member under the age of 35 with outstanding achievements in the impact assessment field. [Recipient must be an IAIA member.]
2020 Award Winners
IAIA is pleased to recognize its 2020 award winners. Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the Awards Committee to consider.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Morgan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to impact assessment and IAIA. His dedication to connecting the practitioner with research and academia shows a commendable commitment to impact assessment. As a devoted trainer, past president, and author, Richard has been a true ambassador of impact assessment throughout his distinguished international career.
The Joint Initiative – Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action between UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit and US Agency for International Assistance
The Joint Initiative was chosen for the Institutional Award for their effectiveness in bringing together a wide range of environmental and humanitarian organizations to update the Rapid Impact Assessment in Disasters Tool, developing the Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool, and helping to improve the integration of impact assessment through the Environment and Humanitarian Action Network.
Francios Retief was selected to receive the Individual Award for ongoing and sustained contributions to impact assessment academia, leadership in South Africa’s ongoing IA practice, and for adding a ‘fun’ factor to the very serious world of impact assessment professionals. Francios’s collaborative efforts with IAIA and the multitudes of publications that he has contributed, as well as many years of training new professionals, have added to his influence in the field of impact assessment.
Asociación Española de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental
Asociación Española de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental (AEEIA) receives the Regional Award for their continued aim of developing environmental assessment as an instrument for the defense of the environment at the service of society and for being a body for consultation and debate within its associates’ diverse fields. The initiative with Network for Environmental and Social Assessment (RHEAS) will also help to advance best practice among the Spanish-speaking world.
Outstanding Service to IAIA
Sara Bice has been awarded the Outstanding Service Award for her leadership, her attention to detail, her vision and her sheer hard work in shaping the recruitment of a new Executive Director (ED) for IAIA. The ED vacancy arose at the start of Sara’s presidency of IAIA and it arose as the organisation was starting to consider its next strategic plan. With skill, good humour and diligence Sara made light of the additional workload and turned this into an opportunity for IAIA enabling, and encouraging, the organization to look forward confidently to the future.
Best Paper of 2020
"Environmental assessment as an institution of liberal democracy" (Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 38(2) 109-112) by Sibout Nooteboom wins Best Paper of 2020 in the IAPA journal.
Cathy Baldwin and Patrick Rawstorne
Best Paper of 2019
"Public understanding of risk in health impact assessment: a psychosocial approach" (Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 37(5) 382-396) by Cathy Baldwin and Patrick Rawstorne wins Best Paper of 2019 in the IAPA Journal.