Modeling Social Benefits in System Design Optimization of Integrated Natural Resources Conservation and Development (INRCD) Projects: Identification and Quantification of Design Attributes from Extant Literature

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Pauline Rajski, Anabel J. Sicko, Panos Y. Papalambros
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Michigan, United States of America
Section: Design for Sustainability
Page(s): 1099-1108
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Integrated Natural Resource Conservation and Development (INRCD) Projects promote community economic development consistent with natural resource conservation. Such projects are studied analytically as system design optimization problems comprising engineering, economic, and social considerations. Modeling social benefits as objectives or constraints requires proper quantification. From the extant literature, we decompose the social benefits concept into quantifiable INRCD attributes and point to further quantification efforts needed to capture the system design’s impact on local communities.

Keywords: sustainability, design optimisation, design methodology

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