Associate Professor Sara Bice

PhD, University of Melbourne; MA, University of Melbourne; BA (Hons), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Senior Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy

Associate Professor Sara Bice is Foundation Director, Institute for Infrastructure in Society at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. She is Vice Chancellor’s Futures Scheme Senior Fellow for her work on The Next Generation Engagement program, Australia’s largest study into community engagement in infrastructure, to date.
Sara’s research agenda is cross-cutting and deeply engaged with industry and government. Her research focuses on the intersection of corporations, communities and governments as they negotiate the impacts of major projects, with an aim to mitigate environmental and social risks and optimise potential benefits.

She is Past President, International Association for Impact Assessment, the world’s leading organisation for impact assessment practitioners, researchers and clients, representing almost 7,000 members in 120 different countries. Sara is Associate Professor (Special International Guest) at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Sara is an award-winning author and her latest co-edited book, Public Policy in the Asian Century is available from Palgrave Macmillan. In 2020, she was the recipient of the International Association for Impact Assessment Global ‘Individual’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Impact Assessment.

Research interests

Social, human rights and gender impact assessment

Social risk measurement and mitigation

Community engagement and social licence to operate