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ICE-funded research on UN SDGs wins top prize

12 July 2019

The only non-Dutch paper to gain ‘best article’ recognition. 

ICE-funded research on UN SDGs wins top prize

An ICE-funded research paper has received a best article accolade from the “Adapt or Die” Project Management Congress in the Netherlands.

The paper ‘Why project management is critical to achieving the SDGs, and how this can be achieved’ examines how infrastructure projects can make an increased impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It proposes applying the ‘Creating Shared Value’ framework, originally developed by leading Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, to project management.

According to the paper, this would enable infrastructure projects to achieve economic business success while also delivering wider benefits to society and the environment.

It’s part of a wider research project on engineering and the SDGs, supported by the ICE Research & Development Enabling Fund.

Author and researcher Paul Mansell, from the Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering & Enterprise at London South Bank University, presented the paper in Delft, the Netherlands, in April.

The congress organisers chose the paper as the best article under the ‘Future of Project Management’ theme. It was the only non-Dutch paper to win a best article commendation.

Together with earlier research on measuring projects’ SDG impact, which Mansell presented at ICE’s Global Engineering Congress in 2018, the research will be incorporated into ICE’s Sustainability Route Map.

Nathan Baker, ICE Engineering Knowledge Director, said: “We are delighted that ICE-supported research has been recognised, helping an international audience to consider how changing the way we manage engineering projects can support the SDGs.

“Using research such as this, ICE’s own dedicated working groups are establishing ways for infrastructure projects to align effectively and make a measurable impact against the SDGs.”

Tackling one of the route map’s key areas for action, the Measuring, Monitoring and Reporting working group is evaluating current methods and will provide a framework that allows engineers to consistently measure and report on the SDG impact of their infrastructure projects or programmes.

The research will enable the working group to translate high level global goals into indicators that can be used at project level.

  • Vienn McMasters, communications business partner for ICE