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Social assessment of future scenarios: Developing and testing a new methodology covering consumption-related impacts with a focus on future ICT societies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7521-2310
2019 (English)In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, ISSN 2352-5509, E-ISSN 1614-2373, Vol. 17, p. 148-160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The social perspectives of sustainability have been historically under-addressed in sustainability assessment methodologies of scenarios. A recent research project - "Scenarios and sustainability impacts of future ICT societies" - explored five society-wide scenarios with an ICT focus for Sweden in 2060. A methodology was developed within the research project to assess the scenarios in terms of impacts on the societal level, as well as consumption-related impacts on the global level. This paper develops and tests a methodology that could be employed in wider scenario-based assessments of future societies that include consumption-related impacts. At the core of the new methodology is the categorization of social aspects under five categories for the national assessment and four for the global assessment. A qualitative assessment is performed for each of the following categories on national level: Participation and Influence in Society, Health Conditions, Equity and Justice, Social Cohesion and Learning and Education. For the global assessment the level of trade and the commitment to sustainable development in the different scenarios was considered. The categories assessed globally are Poverty, Health, Employment and Justice for All. The assessments should be made based on expert knowledge. One result of the application of the methodology was among other, that the most environmentally adapted scenario - Valued Environment - was also the best performing scenario from a social sustainability perspective.  

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2019. Vol. 17, p. 148-160
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Social assessment, Future societies, Scenarios, Impacts, Consumption, ICT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-244546DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2018.10.003ISI: 000457839200013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055876441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-244546DiVA, id: diva2:1302445
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Available from: 2019-04-04 Created: 2019-04-04 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved

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