Dr Andrea Colantonio – Appraising the Social Dimension of Large Scale Urban Regeneration projects: With particular reference to the application of multi-criteria analysis to EIB investment proposals
In recent years the social dimension (or ‘social sustainability’) has gained increased recognition as a fundamental component of large scale urban regeneration projects, becoming increasingly entwined with the delivery of the sustainable communities and the urban sustainability discourses. But appraising the social dimension of large scale projects is fraught with difficulties. The seminar explores the concept of social sustainability and critically examines the main assessment methods and metrics established to ‘measure’ the state and evolution of its key underlying concepts. It concludes with the review of some of the main appraisal methods used in practice, including the multi-criteria analysis developed by the European Investment Bank.