The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment

About DCEA

About DCEA

DCEA is the leading research centre connecting impact assessment practice to theories of decision-making and governance, with a strong focus on critical engagement with governments, businesses and civil society within regional, national and international policy-making arenas. The Centre provides theoretically pluralistic, methodologically rigorous, and analytically sound input to research and practice, and contributes to out-reach and educational programmes – all with a view to promote participatory and sustainability transition.

DCEA works within the following areas of environmental assessment and planning:

  • Research - within e.g. environmental assessment of city and sector planning, products, decision processes and effectiveness
  • Analyses and assessments – including preparation of guidelines, evaluations, environmental assessments and critical life cycle assessments
  • Courses and continuing education - individual solutions or group courses, seminars, lectures, knowledge dissemination
  • Professional training and development - for staff in municipalities, regions, ministries and the private sector
  • Conferences and events - in Danish and international contexts

Vision & Values

At DCEA our vision is to shape sustainable futures through teaching, research and engagement within impact assessment and governance. We seek to reach this vision through values of sustainability, curiosity, dependability and independence.

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How it all started

How it all started

DCEA was established in April 2010 as an independent and critical voice in matters concerning various fields of environmental assessments. DCEA is part of Aalborg University's Department of Development & Planning and consists of Danish and international researchers dedicated to making a difference and taking a stand in environmental matters.

At the outset DCEA was intended as a liaison between researchers’ knowledge and the practical environmental assessment work in companies and municipalities. Environmental assessments are at risk of being conducted under time pressure too late in a decision making process and with only a single assessment tool. A potential consequence is loss of adequate focus on the real goal of environmental assessment i.e. to contribute to environmental improvements. Thus with the establishment of DCEA, the aim was to focus on challenges concerning the development of methods and competences relevant for carrying out environmental assessments, and on the development of processes that address the use of assessment results for planning and decision support.