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Dr William Sheate - personal details

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Role: Honorary Professorial Research Fellow




Originally an ecologist, Bill has worked, lectured and published widely on environmental assessment and policy for over 30 years. He has worked as a practicing ecologist, in consultancy, academia and in the voluntary sector. Most of his professional career has been spent working in interdisciplinarity. Bill holds a PhD based upon published work in accountability and EU environmental assessment law, policy and practice. He is also a Technical Director (p/t) at Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd (CEP), and Reader in Environmental Assessment (p/t) at Imperial College London in the Centre for Environmental Policy. 

His experience lies in the development and application of environmental policy and legislation (especially Environmental Impact Assessment / Strategic Environmental Assessment / Sustainability Appraisal) in the European Union, assessment procedures, methodologies, and public and NGO participation. He has been an expert advisor to the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, various national governments, WWF, RSPB, CPRE, the National Trust and many others. Bill has also been involved in various committees of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). He has published extensively in the assessment and environmental policy field, and is the editor of Tools, Techniques and Approaches to Sustainability: Collected Writings in Environmental Assessment Policy and Management published by World Scientific (2009). He was the founding Editor (1998-2009) of the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management (ICP/WSPC) and is Chair of the Environment Sub-Committee and member of Imperial College Press Editorial Advisory Board (since 2011). He has many years' experience of teaching and training at advanced levels.

He is also a member of the Academic Panel of Francis Taylor Building barristers' chambers.  In 2014 he was appointed Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into HS2 and the Environment.  He is recognised as an international expert in advising on environmental assessment and compliance matters, e.g. for judicial review, and in April 2015 testified at the International Court of Justice on behalf of the Nicaraguan Government in the case of Nicaragua v Costa Rica (Border Road).