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The SEA Wiki is based on content and extensive research in the Impact Assessment Unit at Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Riki Therivel is the author of much of the initial content and provided supervision and assistance with the development of the SEA Wiki while the United Nations University Media Studio was responsible for project coordination, design and development.

The SEA Wiki is being utilized as part of the Global Environment and Development Studies (GEDS) Masters programme of the Global Virtual University. It also currently in use at Oxford Brookes University and elsewhere to support existing educational programmes.

Given the rapidly-evolving status of SEA worldwide, the information provided in the SEA Wiki may require updating. If you are aware of more recent information, please make edits or highlight it for discussion.


Partners

United Nations University

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 13 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 elearning products.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is one of Britain 's top "new universities". It has about 17,000 students. The [www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/be/planning/shortcourses/media/SEA_DL_courses.pdf! Distance Learning Course in SEA] 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 Institute for Sustainable Development, which undertakes and promotes research into sustainability in the built environment.

About the Author

Riki Therivel is a Partner of Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants and a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. She 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 (1996).


Credits

Content Author

Riki Therivel, Oxford Brookes University

Wiki Production

Brendan Barrett, UNU Academic Programme Officer

Gerard Brady, UNU Course Developer

Sean Wood, UNU Creative Director

David Jimenez, UNU Media Designer

Toukubo Kuoji, UNU Programmer


Acknowledgements from Professor Therivel

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,

Others to thank include:

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.