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The Impact Assessment Research Centre (IARC)
Part of the School of Environment and Development

Our Research

Current Projects

EU Andean Trade SIA

In partnership with Development Solutions the IARC is undertaking a Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the ongoing Association Agreement negotiations between the EU and Andean Community. The IARC team will be responsible for the environmental and social assessment.


EU Libya Trade SIA

In partnership with Development Solutions the IARC is undertaking a Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the ongoing EU Libya trade negotiations. The IARC will be responsible for the environmental and social assessment.


Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Training and Capacity Building, Croatia

IARC has been engaged in providing training in regulatory impact assessment to the main business community stakeholders in Croatia, as part of a EU funded project, BIZimpact: Improving Information to the Croatian Business Community, that is being implemented by a consortium led by Pohl Consulting and Associates. The IARC contribution has included the preparation of an Impact Assessment Manual, delivery of RIA Workshops, and development of case studies.


Impact Assessment (Trade SIA) of the Association Agreement under negotiation between the European Community and Mercosur

The European Commission's Trade SIA Mercosur framework contract is to provide the basis for carrying out a Trade SIA of the Association Agreement under negotiation between the European Community and Mercosur. An international consortium led by IARC has been appointed, under the framework contract, to assess how the trade aspects of the Association Agreement could affect sustainable development in Mercosur and the EU. The aims of this first phase are to update the Overall Preliminary Trade SIA EU-Mercosur and to conduct three Trade SIAs for agriculture, automobiles and forestry. See SIA-MERCOSUR for details.


Sustainability Impact Assessment of the Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area, SIA-EMFTA (Phase Three)

All three phases of the SIA-EMFTA project are now complete. The first phase developed the methodology used in previous SIA studies to meet the needs of the EMFTA, in consultation with stakeholders. The second phase scoped the potential impacts of the trade agreements, in order to prioritise sectors and areas and types of impacts for a more detailed study. The third phase aims at undertaking a series of detailed studies and prepares proposals for mitigating and enhancing flanking measures.
For more information on the SIA-EMFTA project and to download available reports visit the Sustainability Impact Assessment and Trade Web Portal.


European Network for Better Regulation

The Impact Assessment Research Centre is a part of the European Network for Better Regulation which is a pan-European network of 18 partner institutions. The network  aims at improving and disseminating the current knowledge on regulatory processes as well as the degree and mode of implementation of impact assessment procedures in EU member states. The ENBR was awarded funding by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for the period 2006-2008. See ENBR website for more details.


Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Development (EPOS)

EPOS is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the framework of social-ecological research (SÖF). The main focus of the project is policy evaluation with a focus on sustainability issues. The network is concerned with the evaluation of policies, political strategies, programmes, and instruments. The EPOS project establishes a network of leading European institutions that are active in the field of policy evaluation with a focus on environment and sustainability. Core of the project is a series of network meetings which are centred on specific issues in policy evaluation. The publication of a number of papers and of a book is planned. See EPOS for further details