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Call for Special Issue Papers: Heritage Impact Assessments – European experiences under scrutiny

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Heritage Impact Assessments – European experiences under scrutiny

Urban development and heritage management have often been positioned as opposing powers in the management of historic urban landscapes. Heritage is seen as one of the ‘usual suspects’ of local grass-roots opposition to urban development, while development pressures are perceived as endangering heritage. Following the example of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices, Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) practices have been increasingly explored to assess the impact of developments on cultural (World) heritage properties. However, there is little known on how HIA’s are established and conducted or how they contribute to the decision-making processes related to the evaluation of development projects.

Against this backdrop, the special issue aims to advance the value and relevance of Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA) as an effective instrument for sustainable urban development in stimulating the systematic and critical reflection on European experiences in HIAs.

Whilst the European context is brought into focus, the issue aims to pool papers that contextualise the addressed issues to the wider discourse on heritage management and impact assessment. By sharing experiences and expertise, arguments and actual discussions, the issue hopes to contribute to multilateral dialogues, to inform research and training strategies in this field, and to advance legislative thinking on HIA.

The special issue focuses in particular on the systematic and critical reflections on:
•    the local contexts, practices and results of using HIAs as instrument for (sustainable) development (case based articles);
•    different methodological-conceptual designs of HIAs applied (theory-centred articles, meta-level analysis of HIAs); and
•    international and national policies framing the HIA’s local implementation and importance (policy and review articles).

Submissions Information

Please submit your paper of  approximately 4-6,000 words via the following link to:
General submission guidelines for authors can also be found here.

Key deadlines

Submission deadline for papers
15th June 2017
Completion of the review process
5th December 2017
The projected online publication date is
26th January 2018

Please feel free to get in touch with Guest Editors if you have any questions about the Special Issue:

Carola S. Neugebauer
RWTH Aachen University (Juniorprofessor Sicherung Kulturellen Erbes), Germany,
[email protected]


Loes Veldpaus, 
Newcastle University  (Global Urban research Unit), UK, 
[email protected]