Economy is one of the three pillars of sustainability in addition to ecology and society, and as such forms a crucial part of any development project regardless of its nature. The arena of architecture and development is no exception, and the evaluation of projects is fundamental to ensuring their success and positive impact, often on communities that cannot afford to be victims of failed experiments.

Last week’s guest professor was Adriana Paolantonio, lecturer in Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, who has worked as a consultant for The World Bank and currently works as an economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

In her workshop with our students, she examines issues underlying the evaluation of public sector programs and policies using the principles of economics and other social sciences in order to provide students with advanced tools of analysis and a critical understanding of the foundations and assumptions of modern program and project evaluation.

Watch Adriana in the clip below explain the importance of economics on sustainable development projects.

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