Social Sciences

As a leading provider of social science and stakeholder participation services in Australia, SMEC offers real-world experience in balancing the competing demands of the community, the environment and a project’s economic costs and benefits to achieve the best possible social outcomes in the infrastructure sector.

We understand that infrastructure and development is an investment in the community. It provides for economic opportunity, social connectivity and the provision of services which are instrumental to the establishment and maintenance of community wellbeing and sustainability. We work with clients to ensure that the full socio-economic value of a project is realised, and any unwelcome impacts are avoided or minimised.

We provide genuine insights which help our clients optimise projects, reduce their social risk profile, and enjoy increased support within the communities that will be affected either directly or indirectly by infrastructure projects.

All our services are supported by effective communication and stakeholder engagement, including mapping, analysis, planning, consultation facilitation, issues and risk management and reporting.

Our team of specialists are fluent in the full range of statutory frameworks underpinning infrastructure projects across Australia, and we have a demonstrated capacity to meet the ever-evolving expectations of regulatory agencies and the community.

Our service offering and areas of expertise include:

  • Social and economic impact assessment
  • Social value analysis and business case development
  • Strategic community and stakeholder engagement and advocacy
  • Social infrastructure planning, assessment and costing
  • Social impact management and monitoring