social impact assessment Articles

  • Social impact assessment: a case study of a sewerage project in Barbados

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the reasons of social impacts of projects in developing countries despite of thorough impact assessment in appraisal phase of projects. A case study approach on a sewerage project in Barbados was undertaken using primary and secondary information. The study reveals that although the impact assessment report suggested appropriate mitigation measures, but ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing social sustainability: social sustainability and its multicriteria assessment in a sustainability scenario for Germany

    Social sustainability is a qualitative criterion, which has to be applied to different domains, i.e., the economy, society and the population. It is challenged by current political and economic developments. Based on a German study comprising discourse-derived narratives and extensive modelling, this paper demonstrates how the social sustainability of strategies for sustainable development can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Environmental Impact Assessment EIA

    The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the set of studies carried out by a multidisciplinary team, with detailed technical data, which evaluates the consequences of a given project for the environment. In the EIA, the impacts that a given project can cause in the environment, as well as the presentation of mitigating measures, are identified and evaluated technically and impartially. In ...

  • How to weave ecosystem services into impact assessments

    The Wayuu people in northern Colombia depend on shrubland for grazing their livestock. These herds serve as the Wayuus’ main source of income and food, and this is partly why they depend so heavily on the existence and condition of shrubland ecosystems. But livestock are also used to pay dowries or make amends, playing a major role in facilitating social interactions between families and ...

  • Demystifying the Role of Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessments

    Ensuring that development projects benefit both people and the planet is becoming more and more of a priority. Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA) have been in use for decades to consider the effects of projects such as dams, highways, and oil and gas development. Over the years, ESIAs have evolved to cover both ...

  • Social impact assessment on metro development with a case study in Eastern District of Tehran

    Development is an important issue to which the major part of people's efforts has been allocated. Nowadays, it is perceived that development could have undesirable results in addition to its advantageous outcomes. These undesirable results are emerged in different themes such as social, environmental and cultural aspects. As a result, the ones who work on development plans try to predict and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing clustered SME practice towards environmental and social impact: a Bourdieusian approach

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recognised as critical to local social and economic development. We explore the attitudes and practice of SMEs towards corporate responsibility/sustainability in a major ceramic tile manufacturing cluster, in Southwest China. The industry cluster offers a unique site for observing SME behaviour since clusters are credited with promoting regional economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Socioeconomic Impact Assessment in Saudi Arabia: problems and perspectives

    The Socioeconomic Impact Assessment (SIA) specialists face a host of challenges in interpreting the importance of social and economic impacts. Evidence is abundant in the literature about the serious implications resulting from incomplete or prejudiced SIA analyses during execution of the projects and beyond. This paper conceptualises the significance of social and economic impacts, and discusses ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case study - The need for child impact assessments

    Introduction Forced child labor in the Uzbek agriculture sector, primarily in the harvesting and weeding of cotton, Uzbekistan’s most important cash crop, costs the nation’s children tens of millions of hours of school time annually and exposes the children to serious health and safety risks. The systemic, government orchestrated forced child labor in Uzbekistan has been widely ...

  • Assessing the impacts of local and imported produce on the public and the environment

    European environmental groups have been calling to switch from imported agricultural produce to locally grown produce, citing positive social and economic impacts as well as environmental ones; and especially the benefit of reducing the environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions caused by long-distance food transportation. In Israel, in contrast, there have been calls to increase ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Regulatory impact assessment and its evolution in Greece and Cyprus

    During the recent years an increasing demand emerged to improve the existing law systems through procedures that support the standards of better regulation. Such processes are the regulatory impact assessment (RIA) systems through which researchers, administrators and decision/policy makers can assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of any given legislation. Every country ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Weaving ecosystem services into impact assessment: A step-by-step method

    The services provided by ecosystems play a vital role in human well-being. Although some ecosystem services are easily recognized— food, timber, and freshwater, for example— others may be less apparent. Ecosystems control erosion; reduce the damage caused by natural disasters; and regulate our air, water, and soil quality. A reduction or loss of any of these services and the benefits ...

  • The role of strategic health impact assessment in sustainable development

    Health is one of the main ways of judging effects on humans and is a component of the three overlapping dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. Yet, the assessment of health impacts has been neglected as a way of arguing for the importance of policies to foster sustainable development or of evaluating policies from this viewpoint. Health impact assessment (HIA) ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainability impact assessments: a new comprehensive framework for raising the bar beyond existing environmental assessments

    Much systematic research and attention is being directed towards sustainability indicators, but comparatively little towards analytical tools for comprehensive sustainability impact assessments that can guide economic activities, programmes and specific projects towards decisions and sustainable actions, which will ultimately be reflected in the indicators. Existing tools of analysis, such as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Social tariffs for water and waste services in mainland Portugal: an impact analysis

    Economic affordability and access to water and waste services (WWS) are extensively studied topics in economic literature. However, most papers focus on social rights or the importance of water provision for equity and development. The impact of different regulatory and/or management models, the measurement of affordability and efficient pricing have all deserved the attention of researchers, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How to measure social impacts? A socio-eco-efficiency analysis by the SEEBALANCE® method

    BASF has, in cooperation with Karlsruhe University, Jena University and the Oko-Institut e.V. (Germany), developed a socio-eco-efficiency analysis – the so-called SEEBALANCE®. The objective was the integration of quantified social indicators into the BASF eco-efficiency analysis. Many life cycle analyses do not include an assessment of social impacts and effects. However, in order to arrive at a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impact of manager's social power on R&D employees' knowledge-sharing behaviour

    Sharing knowledge within the R&D team is one of the crucial ways to sustain competitive advantage. According to the social power theory, a manager has five types of power to influence the subordinate's behaviour. This study examines the impact of the manager's social power on R&D employees' knowledge-sharing behaviour. From the results of our original model, we proposed a revised model which ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of the social dimension in life cycle engineering

    Sustainability recognises the interdependence of ecological, social and economic systems and nowhere is the concept of sustainability more critical than in developing nations, whose economies rely heavily on natural resources. Software for life cycle assessment (LCA) is becoming increasingly effective in evaluating the potential environmental and resource impacts of design and supply chain ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Comparative risk assessment of the health and environmental impacts of various energy systems

    Comparative risk assessment is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing such areas as engineering, environment, health and social sciences. Its aim is to compare various types of risk, and to establish a rational and 'risk acceptable' technological – environmental policy. This paper highlights methodological issues involved in dealing with various types of data and the use of appropriate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Social benchmarking to improve river ecosystems

    To complement physical measures or indices of river health a social benchmarking instrument has been developed to measure community dispositions and behaviour regarding river health. This instrument seeks to achieve three outcomes. First, to provide a benchmark of the social condition of communities' attitudes, values, understanding and behaviours in relation to river health; second, to provide ...


    By IWA Publishing

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