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Session 3.1: Methodology: The Social Science basis of Social LCA
9:00am - 10:45am
Session Chair: Mark Goedkoop
Social LCA has so far been mostly developed by LCA practitioners who not always have a background in social science. This has led to the development of a methodology that mirrors LCA, but without a clear definition of the theoretical underpinnings. If Social LCA is supposed to be science based, which in this case means it must be based on social science. For increasing the robustness and reliability of the S-LCA methodology, it is then important to discuss about the analytical and normative nature of S-LCA, explicit the values, define the role of stakeholders’ perceptions, which in turn provide the social scientific basis underneath important methodology choices, like the selection of impact categories, the definition of stakeholder categories and for instance the cause effect modelling used to link inventory data to impacts, as well as a discussion on the area of protection and what we mean by mid and endpoints to name a few. This session invites papers that describes the scientific basis for such choices, with the objective to develop a rational and scientific basis for methodological choices. Some of these papers may also provide inputs to the ongoing ISO 14075 standard development for Social LCA.
Working Relationships: a potential new impact subcategory to "worker" stakeholder