LIAISE community

Our mission: A community of practice on Impact Assessment research for Sustainable Development

Impact Assessment (IA) of planned policies is increasingly perceived and used as a tool to consider the concerns of Sustainable Development from early on in decision making. For such assessments, a wide range of evidence from many different disciplines is needed. However, both research and practitioners' experiences demonstrate that in practice the large knowledge reservoir that is available to support IA is still not being used to its full potential. Therefore it is necessary to close the existing gap between the production (research side) and actual use (decision making side) of knowledge and methods on IA for Sustainable Development.

Our main objective is to build up a broad Community of Practice on IA research for Sustainable Development for IA knowledge workers in research and other sectors of society. The Community provides the platform, as well as the networks, procedures and services that are needed to upgrade their scientific contributions to the process of IA for Sustainable Development by:

  • Fostering individuals and organisations to learn and to be challenged;
  • Transcending traditional disciplinary and science-policy boundaries;
  • Practising a new type of science, based on inter-disciplinarity, transparency and active stakeholder involvement (transdisciplinarity);
  • Collecting, assembling and disseminating critical insights for society on the complexity and relevance of long term perspectives on Sustainable Development;
  • Providing an arena and a conducive environment for discussion on IA for Sustainable Development.


In this section of the toolbox you find information on the LIAISE community. Select from the left-hand menu:  

  • People: Who is who in the LIAISE community? How can I get involved in the community?
  • Organisations: Which organisations are part of the LIAISE community? The starting point of the LIAISE community was the LIAISE Network of Excellence. The community is however growing as other institutions and organisations are joining the network.
  • Projects: Which research is conducted in the LIAISE community?