Emergent and unexpected sources of value from radio astronomy projects

Alexia Nalewaik, Nigel Leroy Williams

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Construction projects are under increasing pressure from local communities to deliver Societal Value (SV), defined as integrated social and environmental value. Societal Value delivery requires the co-creation of value outcomes with environmental and community stakeholders, in addition to the functional benefits of the project. The aim of this research is to advance understanding of the conceptualisation and practise of Societal Value in capital projects. This paper will summarise existing research and key concepts in the delivery of Societal Value, applying examples from both existing and planned radio astronomy projects such as the Very Large Array (VLA, USA) and Next-Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA, USA), Square Kilometre Array (SKA, South Africa and Australia), Arecibo (NAIC, Puerto Rico), Ghana Radio Telescope Observatory, and Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA, Chile). Such projects are built in rural areas, bringing services, infrastructure, jobs, education, and astrotourism to surrounding communities. Answering these research questions can lead to the development of a societal value framework for construction projects, including metrics and an audit methodology, for use by organisations and governments in practising project assurance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE European Technology and Engineering Management Summit (E-TEMS)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419789
ISBN (Print)9781665429924
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021
Event2021 IEEE European Technology and Engineering Management Summit (E-TEMS) - Dortmund, Germany
Duration: 18 Mar 202120 Mar 2021


Conference2021 IEEE European Technology and Engineering Management Summit (E-TEMS)


  • societal value
  • sustainability
  • radio astronomy
  • rural communities
  • assurance
  • construction


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