Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment

3rd Edition

Edited by Peter Morris, Riki Therivel

Routledge – 2009 – 562 pages

Series: Natural and Built Environment Series

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Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is now firmly established as an important and often obligatory part of proposing or launching any development project. Delivering a successful EIA needs not only an understanding of the theory but also a detailed knowledge of the methods for carrying out the processes required. Peter Morris and Riki Therivel bring together the latest advice on best practice from experienced practitioners to ensure an EIA is carried out correctly. This new edition:

• explains how an EIA works and how it should be carried out

• demonstrates the relationship of the EIA to socio-economic, environmental and ecological systems

• includes completely updated legislative and policy contexts

• has added explanations of shared and integrative methods including a new chapter on EIA and sustainability.

Invaluable to undergraduate and MSc students of EIA in planning, ecology, geography and environment courses, this third edition of Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment is also of great use to planners, EIA practitioners and professionals seeking to update their skills.


Excellent book! Really well laid out, good glossary and an easy to use index (which not all text books manage!). Anyone studying conservation/habitat management/ecology would really benefit from owning this. It has some brilliant chapters including a chapter on: Ecology; Fresh Water Ecology and Coastal Ecology and Geomorphology. There's also a whole appendix of Habitat, vegetation and land classifications (including critiques) and another on Phase 2-3 ecological sampling. Brilliant!

Amazon reader, 26th Feb 2008

I loved the way the book is broken down. It captures all aspects of a GOOD EIA, one that is comprehensive and gets the information passed onto the reader. Great buy all round!

Amazon reader, 31st Oct 2007


Part 1: Methods for environmental components 1. Introduction Riki Therivel & Peter Morris 2. Socio-economic impacts 1: overview and economic impacts John Glasson 3. Socio-economic impacts 2: social impacts Andrew Chadwick 4. Noise Riki Therivel 5. Transport Chris Fry and Riki Therivel 6. Landscape and visual Rebecca Knight 7. Archaeological and other material and cultural assets Riki Therivel 8. Air quality and climate David Walker and Hannah Dalton 9. Soils, geology and geomorphology Chris Stapleton, Kevin Hawkins and Martin Hodson 10. Water Sally-Beth Kelday, Andrew Brookes and Peter Morris 11. Ecology Peter Morris and Roy Emberton 12. Coastal ecology and geomorphology Ricard Cottle and Sian John Part 2: Shared and Integrative Methods 13. Environmental Risk Assessment and Risk Management Andrew Brookes 14. Geographical Information Systems and EIA Agustin Rodriguez-Bachiller and Graham Wood 15. Quality of life capital Riki Therivel 16. Sustainable development and sustainability appraisal Roy Emberton and Riki Therivel Appendices

Author Bio

Peter Morris was formerly a Principal Lecturer in Ecology at the School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. He is now retired.

Riki Therivel is a partner of Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants, and a visiting professor at the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University.