Establishing underpinning concepts for integrating Circular Economy and Offsite Construction: A Bibliometric review

Obi, Lovelin, Arif, Mohammed, Daniel, Emmanuel, Oladinrin, Timo Olugbenga and Goulding, Jack (2023) Establishing underpinning concepts for integrating Circular Economy and Offsite Construction: A Bibliometric review. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 13 (1). pp. 123-139. ISSN 2044-124X

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PurposeCircular economy (CE) and Offsite Construction (OSC) are two innovations for improving the construction industry’s overall performance against a myriad of sustainability-driven agenda/initiatives. There is a real opportunity to conjoin OSC and CE to provide new insight and opportunities to deliver more evidence-based sustainable systems. This study analyses extant literature in CE and OSC (between 2000 and 2021) through a bibliometric review to tease out critical measures for their integration and transformation.Design/methodology/approachThis study adopts a science mapping quantitative literature review approach employing bibliometric and visualization techniques to systematically investigate data. The Web of Science database was used to collect data and the VOSviewer software to analyse the data collected to determine strengths, weights, clusters, and research trends in OSC and CE.FindingsImportant findings emerging from the study include extensive focus on Sustainability, waste, life cycle assessment and Building information modelling (BIM) which currently serve as strong interlinks to integrate OSC and CE. Circular business models, deconstruction, and supply chain management are emerging areas with strong links for integrating CE and OSC. These emerging areas influence organisational and operational decisions towards sustainable value creation hence requiring more future empirical investigations. Originality/valueThis study is novel research using bibliometric analysis to unpick underpinning conduits for integrating CE and OSC providing a blueprint for circular offsite construction future research and practice. It provides the needed awareness to develop viable strategies for integrating CE in OSC creating opportunities to transition to more sustainable systems in the construction sector.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular economy, Sustainability, Construction Industry, Bibliometric analysis, Offsite construction, Science mapping, Literature review
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2022 11:56
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2023 11:00

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