Applying Product Social Impact Assessment (PSIA) to services: the case study of a higher education and research institution
Life cycle analysis (lca)
Published under CEST2021
Proceedings ISBN: 978-618-86292-1-9
Proceedings ISSN: 2944-9820
Applying the Product Social Impact Assessment (PSIA) methodology to evaluate the social performance of a service such as that provided by a higher education and research institution is not straightforward. This is mainly due to the lack of materiality of the system, which makes it unfeasible to define a typica life cycle with its conventional stages. This investigation proposes to consider three elements in the social assessment: i) the university, primarily focusing on the wellbeing of its workers and users (students); ii) the material products and infrastructures consumed by the university, focusing on local and global companies; iii) the intrinsic value of the function, focusing on society as a stakeholder. The UF proposed is the completion of 1 academic year, which leads to the accomplishment of a university degree. This preliminary study highlights the difficulty in finding specific and generic indicators proposed in PSIA for the analysis of the social behavior of this system.
PSIA, Social LCA, university.