Chair of Key Note Session 'The rise of Social Value within the Construction Industry: Challenges and Opportunities presented by COVID-19'

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The Social Value agenda within the construction industry has gained prominence over the last decade reflecting a growing awareness that its contribution has a wider societal reach than purely its economic value. In the UK the Social Value Act in 2013 has formalised this in legalisation, and this is shaping construction projects through both public procurement and also as a consideration for urban planning. COVID19 presents a significant challenge for the construction industry and the danger comes from the potential for Social Value to slip down the agenda as conditions become more challenging for clients but also for contractors and supply chain. This session seeks to explore whether the rise of social value within the construction industry is potentially being threatened by COVID19 and the economic implications of a downturn, or whether it is going to present an opportunity for progress?

Drawing on their experience as authors for the 2018 book ‘Social Value in Construction’ Dr Ani Raiden (Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University) and Professor Martin Loosemore (Professor of Construction Management, University of Technology Sidney) will provide key note presentations reflecting their take on Social Value and highlighting key questions for the future. To aid the discussion they will be joined by Dave Higgon (Employee Relations Manager with Multiplex Australasia) who can reflect from a practitioner perspective how he sees Social Value shaping the approach of a large international contractor engaged in projects of all scales.

Period8 Sept 2020
Event title36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Event typeConference
Conference number36th
LocationVirtual, Online, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Social Value
  • Common Good
  • COVID-19