Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRM), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Olivia BINA

Affiliated Member /
Visiting Scholar

Prof. Olivia BINA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Fellow (Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon)
Laurea in Political Sciences (Italian BA) (Università Statale di Milano)
MPhil in Environment and Development (University of Cambridge)
PhD in Geography (University of Cambridge)


Wu, J., Chang, I.-S., Bina, O., Lam, K.-C. and Xu, H. (2011) Strategic environmental assessment implementation in China – Five-year review and prospects, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31, 77-84.

Bina, O., Wu Jing, Brown, A. L. and Partidario, M. (2011) An inquiry into the concept of SEA effectiveness: towards criteria for Chinese practice, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.004.

Bina, O., Xu, H., Brown, L. A. and Partidario, M. (2011) Review of practice and prospects for SEA in China (Editorial), Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31, doi:10.1016/j. eiar.2011.04.002.

Bina, O. (2011) Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development. In China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy (Ed, Harris, P. G.) Policy Press, Bristol.

Bina, O. (2010) Environmental Governance in China: Weakness and Potential from an Environmental Policy Integration Perspective, The China Review, 10, 207-240.

Bina, O., Wallington, T. and Thissen, W. (2010) SEA Theory and Research: An Analysis of the Discourse. In Handbook of Strategic Environmental Assessment (Eds, Sadler, B., Aschermann, R., Dusik, J., Fischer, T. B., Partidario, M. and Verheem, R.) Earthscan, London, pp. 445-471.

Partidário, M., Sheate, W., Bina, O. and Byron, H. (2009) ‘Sustainability Assessment for agriculture scenarios in Europe’s mountain areas: lessons from six pilot studies’, Environmental Management. 43, (1):144–165, 10.1007/s00267-008-9206-3

Bina, O. (2009) The right to equal aspirations and the obligation to be different, as a basis for a common future. In China and Global Climate Change: Proceedings of the conference held at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 18-19 June 2009,  (Ed, Harris, P. G.) Centre for Asian Pacific Studies and the Environmental Studies Programme, Lingnan University, pp. 114-127.

Bina, O.with Jurkeviciute, A., and Zhang Hui (2009) Transition from Plan Environmental Impact Assessment to Strategic Environmental Assessment: Recommendations of the Project ”Policy Instruments for a Chinese Sustainable Future”. CHINA-EPI-SEA Paper No. 27_EN, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, available at:

Bina, O. (2008) ‘Context and systems – thinking more broadly about effectiveness in Strategic Environmental Assessment. The case of China’, Environmental Management. 42 (4):717-733.

Bina, O. (2008) A review of ‘Theory & Practice of Strategic Environmental Assessment: Towards a more systematic approach’ (by Thomas B. Fischer), Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

Bina, O. (2008) ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ to ‘Innovation in Environmental Policy? Integrating Environment for Sustainability’ Eds. Andrew Jordan and Andrea Lenschow, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Bina, O.with Soromenho-Marques, V. (2008) Inequality, Trust and Opportunity, Chinadialogue, 5 November 2008, (English and Chinese).

Bina, O. (2008) Relevance of Europe’s Environmental Policy Integration Concept for China: Evidence of De Facto EPI and Questions About Effectiveness, EPIGOV Papers No.  37, Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin, available at:

Bina, O. (2007) ‘A critical review of the dominant lines of argumentation on the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment’, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 27:585-606.

Wallington, T. Bina, O. and Thissen, W. (2007) ‘Theorising Strategic Environmental Assessment: Fresh Perspectives and Future Challenges’, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 27:569-584.

Sheate, W., Partidário, M., Byron, H. and Bina, O. (2007) ‘Sustainability Assessment of Scenarios for Agriculture Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Mountain Areas’, Environmental Management, 41 (2):282:299.

Bina, O. (2007) A context-specific interpretation of SEA in China. In International Experience on Strategic Environmental Assessment, (Eds, Au, E., Lam, K. C. and Partidario, M.) State Environmental Protection Administration, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of EIA, Nankai University and others, Beijing, November 2007, pp. 75-103 (English), pp.241-258 (Chinese).

Bina, O.(2007) Despair or hope? China’s choice between ecological crisis and sustainable futures. In 2007 Beijing International Conference on Environmental Sociology – Collection Part I, Centre for Studies of Sociological Theory and Method, Renmin University of China, held at Remin University of China, Beijing, pp. 69-100.

Bina, O. (2006) In search of governance amid disconnection: a review of ‘Governance for Sustainable Development – A foundation for the future’ (editors: Ayre, G. and Callway, R., 2005), Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, September.

Owens, S., Rayner, T. and Bina, O. (2004) New agendas for appraisal: reflections on theory, practice and research, Environment and Planning A, 36:1943-1959.

Bina, O. (2004) La Valutazione Ambientale (Environmental Assessment), in La Governance locale dell’ambiente e del territorio: Percorsi di sostenibilità tra aspetti geografici e percepiti, Cici, C. and Ranghieri, F. (Eds). Milano: Edizioni Angelo Guerini e Associati SpA, pp.193-252.

Bina, O. (2004) ‘Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment’s Principles and the Objectives of the European SEA Directive’. In: Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment: Towards Better Decision-Making, Caratti, P., Dalkmann, H. and Jiliberto, R. (Eds). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Bina, O.with MacGillivray, A., Caratti, P., Tamborra, M., Tarquini, R. and Nilson, M. (2004) ‘The ANSEA Approach’. In: Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment: Towards Better Decision-Making, Caratti, P., Dalkmann, H. and Jiliberto, R. (Eds). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Bina, O. (2005) Strategic Environmental Assessment, paper presented at an International Research Workshop: Innovation in Environmental Policy? Integrating the Environment for Sustainability, held in Cambridge,12-13 October 2005. Available at

Bina, O.with Wallington, T. (2005) Strategic Environmental Assessment: Theory and Research, a Position Paper submitted in preparation of the Conference on International Experience and Perspectives in SEA, 26-30 September 2005, Prague.

Bina, O. (2004) ‘Italy: improving economic and environmental assessment to support decision making’. In: Assessment and Decision Making for Integrated Transport and Environment Policy, European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ed), Paris: ECMT/OECD.

Hedo D. and Bina O. (1999) Strategic Environmental Assessment of Hydrological and Irrigation Plans in Castilla y Léon, Spain. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 19:259-273.

Research interests

  • Sustainable development
  • Limits to growth
  • Conceptions of societal progress
  • Environmental governance
  • Assessment mechanisms for good governance

Services/ Posts

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor (CUHK)
  • Associate Fellow (Institute for European Environmental Policy)
  • Member of the Training and Professional Development Committee
    (International Association for Impact Assessment, IAIA)
  • Advisor (Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, NCEA)
  • Associate Researcher (Recursos e Investigación para el Desarrollo Sustentable, RIDES)
  • Senior Consultant (Environmental Resources Management, ERM)
  • Policy Officer (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB)