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Research article2011Peer reviewedOpen access

Context dependency and stakeholder involvement in EIA: the decisive role of practitioners

Blicharska Malgorzata, Isaksson Karolina, Richardson Tim, Wu Chia-Jung


The outcomes of frameworks and practices for stakeholder involvement in environmental impact assessment (EIA) for road planning, under the umbrella of a common EU legal framework, are investigated here in specific national contexts. Data for the two empirical cases examined – Poland and Sweden – are related to the recent ongoing discussion on context dependency for Environmental Assessments (EA). The analysis, informed by practitioner interviews and documentary review, comprises a historical review of the evolution of EIA and stakeholder involvement, and examines more closely the legal frameworks, formal and informal arenas for stakeholder involvement, and norms of stakeholder involvement held by professionals involved in the planning process in the two countries. The results challenge existing assumptions about the relative depth of institutionalisation of stakeholder involvement and environmental concern in a Scandinavian and Central-Eastern European context, and highlight the decisive role of practitioners in the application of EA frameworks in planning practice


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); context dependency; road planning; stakeholder involvement; deliberation

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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
2011, Volume: 54, number: 3, pages: 337-354

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      Sustainable Development Goals

      SDG9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
      SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

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      Environmental Sciences

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