Content of the Research Training Course

Provisional program

The Research Training Course is organized in two parts : theoretical presentations and workshops on case studies.

The following topics will be address : 

  • Procedures to normalize the social world
  • The context of global value-chains
  • Underlying paradigms for the different approaches of social LCA
  • Defining systems and perimeters (Differences between environmental and social LCA)
  • Implementing a joint study between environmental and social LCA (with the same shared consequential model)
  • Anticipating social impacts of changes in value-chains
  • Operational diagnosis of value-chains prior to social LCA
  • Preston and Wilkinson pathways
  • Investigating occupational health from the work conditions
  • Investigating the effects of innovations in cultivation systems upon the health of agricultural workers
  • Asking questions of people who know, making survey, using secondary data, triangulating, etc. in order to anticipate impacts
  • Asking questions of stakeholders in order to anticipate impacts
  • Issues in interpretation of results
  • Appropriation of social LCA


At the end of this Research Training Course, participants will be able to :

  • understand and differentiate the concepts of sustainability, epistemology, CSR (corporate social responsibility), etc.;
  • understand the different approaches of social LCA distinguishing especially performance and impact concepts, and by understanding the conditions of their use;
  • discuss various social issues underlying the functioning of a value chain;
  • define the system and the scope of the study of social impacts, in the case of changes in a value chain;
  • implement a reading grid of impacts from a concrete case study;
  • implement an impact calculation (checking usage conditions) from a formalized relationship (Pathway Preston, etc.);
  • establish a data collection plan to assess social impacts.

Intended audience

This Research Training Course is for :

  • PhD students in the field of social assessment of the life cycle (from Process Sciences and Human and Social Sciences)
  • Researchers from public and private companies wishing to be invovled in developing the method, or apply it
  • Executives of privates companies (from "sustainable development" departments) wishing to improve the social impact assessment system of their activites
  • Consultants
  • Policy makers in charge of project assessement
  • Teachers and researchers in charge of project assessment

It is open to an international audience. Courses will be in English.

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