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About

This open educational resource on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is based on extensive research undertaken by the Impact Assessment Unit at Oxford Brookes University. Professor Riki Therivel is the primary author of the content for the course module, wiki and instructional guide and provided supervision and assistance in the review of development of the open educational resource.

United Nations University Online Learning was responsible for project coordination and development of this resource. Working collaboratively, UNU and OBU sought to:

  • To provide the most advanced knowledge and information on Strategic Environmental Assessment;
  • To design modularity and flexibility into the educational resource so that it is adaptable to the various learning styles and virtual learning environments of partnering institutions;
  • To design a course module that facilitates editing, updating and replacement of course content by partnering institutions;
  • To develop a course module that meets, or can be adapted to meet, institutional requirements of educational programmes among partners; and
  • To ensure that the learner experience is entertaining and engaging as well as educational by integrating various rich-media into the course.

The open educational resource is being utilized at Oxford Brookes University and elsewhere to support existing teaching programmes, including the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. The resource is also available to students on the vGlobal Environment and Development Studies (GEDS) Masters programme of the Global Virtual University.  Financial support for the development of this open educational resource came from the Government of Norway, via the Global Virtual University and directly from the UNU.

Partners

The UNU was established in 1973 by the UN General Assembly with a mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. UNU's efforts are divided into two major themes (Peace and Governance, and Environment and Sustainable Development) and the University serves as an international community of scholars; a bridge between the UN and the academic community; a think-tank for the UN system; and a builder of capacities, particularly in developing countries. The University implements its activities through a network of research and training centres distributed across the globe. In 2002, the UNU set up an Online Learning unit and one year later established a Media Studio in Tokyo responsible for the development of online courses, e-case studies and other open educational resources.

Oxford Brookes University is one of Britain 's top "new universities". It has about 17,000 students. The course SEA course module was originally developed as part of a MSc/Diploma course in Environmental Assessment and Management; an MSc/Diploma course in Environmental Management and Technology; a Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment (not distance learning); and a range of additional post-experience courses. OBU has extensive research experience on EIA and SEA in a recognised European Union EIA Centre. Its research activity was flagged as of "international standing" in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise amongst UK universities. Oxford Brookes University is also home of the Oxford Centre for Sustainable Development, which undertakes and promotes research into sustainability in the built environment.

About the Course Author

Riki Therivel is a Partner of Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants and a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. Specializes in strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment, and environmental capital. Extensive experience in appraising the environmental, economic and social implications of strategic actions, including work for the UK Ministry of Defence, the Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland, the Austrian Ministry of Environment, and the South African Department of Environment, as well as numerous UK local authorities. Taught numerous courses on SEA in the UK and abroad, and has co-authored the books Strategic Environmental Assessment (Earthscan, 1992) and The Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment (Earthscan, 1996), Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action (Earthscan, 2004).

Credits

Riki Therivel John Glasson MariaRosario
Riki Therivel,
Oxford Brookes University
John Glasson,
Oxford Brookes University
Maria Rosario Partidário,
Technical University of Lisbon
Olivia Bina Chris Wood Barry Sadler
Olivia Bina,
New University of Lisbon
Chris Wood,
University of Manchester
Barry Sadler,
UNEP Advisor

Course Production

Brendan Barrett, UNU Academic Programme Officer
Gerard Brady, UNU Course Developer
Sean Wood, UNU Creative Director
David Jimenez, UNU Interactive Media Designer
Mohamed Saied, UNU Video editor
Jonathan Snook, Web Developer (snook.ca)
Gregory Williams, Flash animator (Turquoise Shed)
Koji Toukubo, Systems Engineering, Technical Support
Kieran Boyle, Oxford Brookes University, AV Production Unit

A number of people have been very influential is shaping the development of this course module. Jean-Denis Bourquin who first gave Riki Therivel the idea of a distance-learning course. Deborah Seamark and Peter Nelson who contributed to the overall structure and approach. Maria de Rosario Partidario provided insights and had many discussions on SEA with Riki,

CAG Consultants and the School of Planning at Oxford Brookes University for their support and willingness to grant sabbaticals.

The students on Oxford Brookes University 's MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (1999/2000 cohort) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne's MSc in Environmental Engineering (1999/2000 cohort) who wrote the country profiles.

Ebbe Adolfsson, Kerstin Arbter, Elvis Au, Ingrid Belcakova, Clive Briffett, Emma Dolman, Bernice Goldsmith, Georges Guignabel, Mikael Hilden, Graham Parkhurst, Tasso Perdicoulis, Dagmar Petrikova, Norbert Plass, Ursula Platzer, Jeremy Richardson and others who contributed SEA reports, articles and case study write-ups.

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