Doctoral Dissertations


"Sustainability has become an important issue in transportation and infrastructure development projects. While several agencies are trying to incorporate a range of sustainability measures in their goals and missions, only a few planning agencies have been able to implement these policies and they are far from perfect. The low rate of success in implementing sustainable policies is primarily due to incomplete understanding of the system and the interaction between various elements of the system. The conventional planning efforts focuses mainly on performance measures pertaining to the system and its impact on the environment but seldom on the social and economic impacts. The objective of this study is to first, determine the effect of project typology and selection on sustainable economic development and sustainable outcome. Second, it is to determine the elements of sustainability, various uncertainties, and risks associated with the projects. Third, it is to demostrate [sic] a feasible methodology to evaluate sustainability parameters and uncertainties and risks using relevant frameworks and analyses. Finally, provide decision makers with support tools and frameworks to help evaluate and incorporate policies and considerations in planning efforts in accordance with the regional goals and objectives"--Abstract, page iv.


Long, Suzanna, 1961-

Committee Member(s)

Qin, Ruwen
Bham, Ghulam
Gosavi, Abhijit
Corns, Steven


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Evaluative economic development typology for sustainable rural economic development
  • Role of stakeholder engagement in the development of sustainable rail infrastructure systems
  • Socio-technical roadmapping as a strategic tool for transportation infrastructure planning and development


xi, 130 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2012 Kiran Rangarajan, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Economic development -- Planning
Economic development projects -- Planning
Sustainable development
Transportation -- Planning

Thesis Number

T 10012

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