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Measuring Social Value

  • Full or part time
    Dr A Raiden
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Measuring social value and assessing social impact remains one of the most controversial and challenging topics in this space (Raiden et al, 2019). Thus, it is an imperative that we continually and critically examine and reflect on how numbers are produced and used (or misused) by policy-makers, practitioners and/or researchers. Management thinking is often dominated by quantitative metrics and rankings – how useful is this? What are the key challenges in moving away from such a focus on numbers? Does the current problem with ‘fake news’ and mistrust in experts (and the stats they produce) allow us to open up discussion and debate about qualitative ways of considering impact?

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD opportunity.


Bridgeman, J, Murdock, A, Maple, P, Townley, C and Graham, J (2015) Putting a value on young people’s journey into construction: Introducing SROI at Construction Youth Trust . In: Raiden, A (Ed.) and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Ed.), Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 207-216.
Denny-Smith, G and Loosemore, M (2018) Cultural Counterfactuals: Assessing the Impact of Indigenous Social Procurement in Australia. In: Gorse, C (Ed.) and Neilson, C J (Ed.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 435-444.
Nicholls, J., Lawlor, E., Neitzert, E., and Goodspeed, T. (2012) A Guide to Social Return on Investment. Social Value UK: Liverpool, UK.
Pritchard, D., NI Ógáin, E., and Lumley, T. (2013) Making an Impact. National Philanthropy Foundation: London.
Raiden, A.B., Loosemore, M., King, A. and Gorse, C. (2019) Social Value in Construction, Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.
Watson, K J and Whitley, T (2017) Applying social return on investment to the built environment. Building Research & Information, 45(08), 875-91.

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