¿Cómo valorar el impacto social de las infraestructuras? Estado del arte

Acaban de publicarnos un artículo en la revista Journal of Cleaner Production (primer decil del JCR), de la editorial ELSEVIER, en la que revisamos el estado del arte de la investigación realizada a nivel internacional sobre la aplicación de las técnicas de valoración multicriterio al impacto social de las infraestructuras. El tema no es nada sencillo, puesto que los impactos sociales son mucho más difíciles de valorar que los impactos económicos o medioambientales. Nos referimos a aspectos como el empleo, el bienestar social, la salud pública, la productividad, el desarrollo regional, la equidad intergeneracional, la igualdad social, la educación, etc. Además, hay que tener en cuenta que, al igual que una piedra cae en una balsa de agua, las ondas generadas (el impacto) presentan un estado transitorio (corto plazo) y otro estacionario (largo plazo). A veces es difícil conjugar el corto y el largo plazo en la evaluación de la sostenibilidad social.

La editorial ELSEVIER nos permite la distribución gratuita del artículo hasta el 26 de mayo de 2018. Por tanto, os paso el enlace para que os podáis descargar este artículo: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1Wr0s3QCo9R0Il

Referencia: 

SIERRA, L.A.; YEPES, V.; PELLICER, E. (2018). A review of multi-criteria assessment of the social sustainability of infrastructures. Journal of Cleaner Production, 187:496-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.022

Abstract:

Nowadays multi-criteria methods enable non-monetary aspects to be incorporated into the assessment of infrastructure sustainability. Yet evaluation of the social aspects is still neglected and the multi-criteria assessment of these social aspects is still an emerging topic. Therefore, the aim of this article is to review the current state of multi-criteria infrastructure assessment studies that include social aspects. The review includes an analysis of the social criteria, participation and assessment methods. The results identify mobility and access, safety and local development among the most frequent criteria. The Analytic Hierarchy Process and Simple Additive Weighting methods are the most frequently used. Treatments of equity, uncertainty, learning and consideration of the context, however, are not properly analyzed yet. Anyway, the methods for implementing the evaluation must guarantee the social effect on the result, improvement of the representation of the social context and techniques to facilitate the evaluation in the absence of information.

Keywords:

Infrastructure
Multi-criteria
Social sustainability
Equity
Stakeholders
Uncertainty

 

Highlights:

  • Review of multi-criteria assessment methods of infrastructure social sustainability.
  • Identify trends of social criteria considered.
  • Identify trends of participation of stakeholders.
  • Identify trends of multi-criteria methods.
  • Identify trends of consideration of equity, context and social learning.

 

 

Método de redes bayesianas para la toma de decisiones respecto a la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos de infraestructura

Acaban de publicarnos en la revista Journal of Cleaner Production un artículo donde aplicamos el método de las redes bayesianas aplicado a la toma de decisiones relacionadas con la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos. El Journal of Cleaner Production es revista de fuerte impacto, pues se encuentra en el primer decil en el ámbito ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES de la Web of Science. Os dejo a continuación el resumen y el enlace al artículo por si os resulta de interés: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652617330998 

Os podéis DESCARGAR GRATUITAMENTE el artículo hasta el próximo 16 de febrero del 2018 en este enlace: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1WISs3QCo9NI4s 

ABSTRACT:

Nowadays, sustainability assessment tends to focus on the biophysical and economic aspects of the built environment. The social aspects are generally overestimated during an infrastructure evaluation. This study proposes a method to optimize infrastructure projects by assessing their social contribution. This proposal takes into account the infrastructure’s interactions with the local environment in terms of its potential contribution in the short and long term. The method is structured in three stages: (1) preparation of a decision-making model, (2) formulation of the model, and (3) implementation of the model through optimization of infrastructure projects from the social sustainability viewpoint. The theory of Bayesian reasoning and a harmony search optimization algorithm are used to carry out the research. The paper presents the application to a case study of a set of alternatives for road infrastructure projects in El Salvador. This approach creates a model of participative decision-making. The results show that the method can distinguish socially efficient alternatives from the short and long-term contributions. In addition, the results suggest that some variables are less sensitive to the short and long-term maximization, while others vary their values to improve one objective or the other. The findings are directly applied to a real case. The method can be employed in the infrastructure formulation and prioritization phases and complemented with economic and environmental sustainability assessments.

KEYWORDS:

Bayesian networks, Infrastructure, Multiple criteria, Optimization algorithm, Social sustainability

Reference:

SIERRA, L.A.; YEPES, V.; GARCÍA-SEGURA, T.; PELLICER, E. (2018). Bayesian network method for decision-making about the social sustainability of infrastructure projects.  Journal of Cleaner Production, 176:521-534. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.140

 

Valoración de la contribución de una infraestructura a la sostenibilidad social bajo condiciones de incertidumbre

Nos acaban de publicar en la revista de Elsevier del primer cuartil, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, un artículo donde se valora la contribución de una infraestructura a la sostenibilidad social bajo condiciones de incertidumbre. Este artículo forma parte de nuestra línea de investigación BRIDLIFE en la que se pretenden optimizar estructuras atendiendo no sólo a su coste, sino al impacto ambiental y social que generan a lo largo de su ciclo de vida.

El artículo lo podéis descargar GRATUITAMENTE hasta el 27 de octubre de 2017 en el siguiente enlace:

https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1VgzPiZ5st7Lz

 

Abstract:

Assessing the viability of a public infrastructure includes economic, technical and environmental aspects; however, on many occasions, the social aspects are not always adequately considered. This article proposes a procedure to estimate the social sustainability of infrastructure projects under conditions of uncertainty, based on a multicriteria deterministic method. The variability of the method inputs is contributed by the decision-makers. Uncertain inputs are treated through uniform and beta PERT distributions. The Monte Carlo method is used to propagate uncertainty in the method. A case study of a road infrastructure improvement in El Salvador is used to illustrate this treatment. The main results determine the variability of the short and long-term social improvement indices by infrastructure and the probability of the position in the prioritization of the alternatives. The proposed mechanism improves the reliability of the decision making early in infrastructure projects, taking their social contribution into account. The results can complement environmental and economic sustainability assessments.

Keywords:

  • Infrastructure;
  • Multicriteria decision-making;
  • Uncertainty;
  • Social sustainability

 

Reference:

SIERRA, L.A.; YEPES, V.; PELLICER, E. (2017). Assessing the social sustainability contribution of an infrastructure project under conditions of uncertainty. Environmental Impact Assessment Review,67:61-72.

 

Sustainable assessment of retaining walls through an active learning method considering multiple stakeholders

ABSTRACT: The sustainability approach has changed the modern society. Currently, the sustainability takes into consideration, not only the economic and environmental facets, but also the social facet. Taking into account the three facets of sustainability, this paper shows the application of a method of active learning to assess the sustainability of three real retaining walls. A group of 29 students of the Master of Science in Planning and Management in Civil Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València has experienced this assessment. The method followed was proposed by academics of the School of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and Universidad de La Frontera (Chile). An approach multi-criteria and a clusters analysis are part of method, which allows developing a participative process with different points of view about the sustainability. The outcomes show that of this way students can forecast impacts from of the integration of design, planning and the location context of the infrastructure. Result evidence that personal values of each student influences the election of the optimal alternative. The paper also identifies the need to strengthen the conceptualization of social criteria in the students training.

KEYWORDS: Infrastructure, Education, Cluster analysis, Analytic hierarchy process, Civil engineering, Sustainability

REFERENCE:

SIERRA-VARELA, L.; YEPES, V.; PELLICER, E. (2017). Sustainable assessment of retaining walls through an active learning method considering multiple stakeholders. Proceedings of the Ninth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Valencia, Spain, July 24-July 29.  doi: 10.14455/ISEC.res.2017.51

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Propuesta metodológica para estimar la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos de ingeniería

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La evaluación de la sostenibilidad social de los proyectos no es un tema sencillo ni inmediato. Si bien los impactos medioambientales se han estudiado en el ámbito científico con cierta profundidad, los impactos sociales de las infraestructuras se han investigado mucho menos. Es más, en numerosas ocasiones dichos impactos se han minusvalorado. Pues bien, nos acaban de publicar un artículo en la revista Environmental Impact Assessment Review (revista indexada en el JCR, primer cuartil de impacto) en el cual proponemos una metodología que permite afrontar este reto.

Elsevier permite descargar de forma gratuita este artículo hasta el 14 de junio de 2017 accediendo al siguiente enlace: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UxW7iZ5spJDe

Referencia:

SIERRA, L.A.; PELLICER, E.; YEPES, V. (2017). Method for estimating the social sustainability of infrastructure projects. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 65:41-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2017.02.004

Highlights:

  • Method to select suitable infrastructure projects from the social sustainability point of view
  • Emphasizes social interactions of the infrastructure in the short and long term
  • Distinguishes the social sustainability of infrastructure projects in different locations
  • Efficiency of a social contribution in terms of early social benefits and a long-term distribution
  • Supports early decision-making of public agencies regarding infrastructure projects

 

Abstract:

Nowadays, sustainability assessments tend to focus on the biophysical and economic considerations of the built environment. Social facets are generally underestimated when investment in infrastructure projects is appraised. This paper proposes a method to estimate the contribution of infrastructure projects to social sustainability. This method takes into account the interactions of an infrastructure with its environment in terms of the potential for short and long-term social improvement. The method is structured in five stages: (1) social improvement criteria and goals to be taken into account are identified and weighed; (2) an exploratory study is conducted to determine transfer functions; (3) each criterion is homogenized through value functions; (4) the short and long-term social improvement indices are established; and finally, (5) social improvement indices are contrasted to identify the socially selected alternatives and to assign an order of priority. The method was implemented in six alternatives for road infrastructure improvement. The results of the analysis show that the method can distinguish the contribution to social sustainability of different infrastructure projects and location contexts, according to early benefits and potential long-term equitable improvement. This method can be applied prior to the implementation of a project and can complement environmental and economic sustainability assessments.

Keywords:

  • Social contribution;
  • Social improvement;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Method;
  • Social sustainability

 

 

Social Sustainability in the Lifecycle of Chilean Public Infrastructure

Esta es la versión post-print de autor. La publicación se encuentra en: https://riunet.upv.es/handle/10251/48904, siendo el Copyright de la American Society of Civil Engineers.

El artículo debe ser citado de la siguiente forma:

Sierra, LA.; Pellicer, E.; Yepes, V. (2016). Social Sustainability in the Lifecycle of Chilean Public Infrastructure. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(5):05015020-1-05015020-13. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001099.

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