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Critique of selected peer-reviewed publications on applied social life cycle assessment: Focus on cases from developing countries
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences (from 2013). (Miljö och Energi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6293-8657
2019 (English)In: Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, ISSN 1618-954X, E-ISSN 1618-9558, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 413-430Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The social aspect of sustainable and ‘clean’ production/manufacturing technologies is researched and understood by means of Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) tool, which is still in its infancy. In this paper, a search for all peer-reviewed publications on applied Social LCA, which have appeared in scientific journals, between O’Brien et al (1996) and the latest one at the time of writing (April 2018), was carried out, using Scopus as the repository and using “S-LCA” OR “SLCA” OR “Social LCA” OR “Social Life Cycle Assessment” as search-phrases in title, abstract and keywords of publications, separately.  Overall, 213 publications were unearthed, and the trend shows that there has been a near-exponential increase over time. A little over 55% of these publications – 121 to be precise - were applications of S-LCA – often in combination with environmental-LCA and life cycle costing analysis, in an LCSA. This paper discusses the contributions of a selected subset of these 121 publications to the body of S-LCA knowledge, with the focus being restricted to applications in developing and transition economies of the world, on the premise that there is a more urgent need to understand social aspects of production and manufacturing in these parts of the world.  A SWOT analysis of S-LCA has been carried out towards the end. There is a consensus among many researchers that while LCC and E-LCA have matured a lot over time, S-LCA, the newest of the trio, is evolving slowly to become a harmonised tool which can serve as an effective complement to the aforesaid two, in life cycle sustainability assessments of products and processes in industry.         

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2019. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 413-430
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Life cycle sustainability assessment, Social life cycle assessment, S-LCA, S-LCA, Social LCA
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Social Sciences Energy Systems
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Samhällskunskap; Environmental and Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70033DOI: 10.1007/s10098-018-1644-xISI: 000459456600013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70033DiVA, id: diva2:1260749
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