Dr Magnus Macfarlane is a leading expert in socio-economic impact assessment (SIAs), with extensive on-the-ground experience working with natural resource companies over the last 10 years. He has conducted SIAs and stakeholder consultations for resource projects in numerous countries, including Russia, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Other client projects have included the development of socio-economic plans for mine closure, sustainable regeneration planning for resource projects in South Asia, a supply chain socio-economic accounting and assurance system for the diamond sector, support for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and internal SIA guidelines for a major oil company. Magnus regularly reviews and provides assurance for corporate sustainability reports.
Magnus’s academic background includes a PhD in socio-economic impact assessment and an MSc in international development planning. Magnus is also fully accredited as a socio-economic assessor, accountant and assurance provider. He has published widely on sustainability and approaches to SIAs and has worked as a researcher at Oxford and Warwick universities.