The report builds on earlier research into Social Impact Assessment (SIA) carried out in 2017, to understand the level of common understanding about SIA and its application to sustainable transport measures, amongst the SUITS team and other related projects. In summer 2020, a second piece of research was carried out to discover how ‘social impact assessment’ and ‘social impact’ in general was viewed across a wider range of practitioners, outside the project team itself. This took the form of 21 in-depth interviews (across 7 countries) to gather perceptions of social impact assessment and related social equity issues of transport. The level of citizen participation during SUMP planning had been a positive experience for participants but had also raised awareness that assessing social impact and involving citizens in planning could be done better. Improving the level and inclusivity of consultation is crucial to gaining better exchange of views with wider public participation and improved information-sharing to inform decision-making. Social Impact Assessment is an important part of planning which could become the focus for better ongoing citizen engagement and reducing transport poverty.
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2021|
- Sustainability, Transport, social impact
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)