Participatory multi-criteria decision analysis for prioritizing impacts in environmental and social impact assessments

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Título: Participatory multi-criteria decision analysis for prioritizing impacts in environmental and social impact assessments
Autor/es: Ortiz, Guadalupe | Domínguez Gómez, José Andrés | Aledo, Antonio | Urgeghe, Anna M.
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE) | Observatorio Sociológico de la Educación (OBSOEDU)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I
Palabras clave: Impact assessment | Multi-criteria decision analysis | Golf projects | Participation | Stakeholder engagement
Área/s de conocimiento: Sociología
Fecha de publicación: 24-sep-2018
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Cita bibliográfica: Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy. 2018, 14(1): 6-21. doi:10.1080/15487733.2018.1510237
Resumen: Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) can be an extremely useful tool for identifying and evaluating the repercussions of a wide range of initiatives. Typically when the project and its impacts are highly complex, an ESIA can detect a large number of issues that need to be prioritized so that they can be effectively and efficiently addressed. This article presents a mixed-methodology proposal for impact prioritization in ESIA, divided into four phases: (1) creation of the stakeholders’ platform; (2) identification and assessment of impacts; (3) impact categorization; and (4) impact assessment and prioritization using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). This procedure was applied as an ex-post evaluation of a golf-based tourism project in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula (Huelva, Spain), but can also potentially be used to conduct ex-ante assessments. The main contribution of the study is in the design and testing of a parsimonious procedure, which condenses a large amount of qualitative information into relatively simple operations using MCDA. The process is grounded in the constructivist social impact assessment (SIA) paradigm through stakeholder evaluation of impacts and criteria.
Patrocinador/es: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness [CSO2012.32493] and the Council of Innovation, Science and Enterprise of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Regional Government) [SEJ2397].
ISSN: 1548-7733
DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2018.1510237
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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