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Ababio, B K and Lu, W (2023) Barriers and enablers of circular economy in construction: a multi-system perspective towards the development of a practical framework. Construction Management and Economics, 41(01), 3–21.

Bonham, M B (2013) Leading by example: new professionalism and the government client. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 77-94.

Coenen, T B J, Visscher, K and Volker, L (2023) A systemic perspective on transition barriers to a circular infrastructure sector. Construction Management and Economics, 41(01), 22–43.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction industry; circular economy; socio-technical system; sustainability transition; mission-oriented innovation policy; mission-oriented innovation system;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2022.2151024
  • Abstract:
    Due to the large use of resources and waste generation, the transition to a circular economy (CE) has become a major sustainability-related topic in construction. Intentions to achieve circularity are shared widely, but developments are slow in practice. This study identifies systemic barriers to the circularity transition from a social-technical systemic perspective. We used the Mission-oriented Innovation System (MIS) framework to provide insights into the problems and potential solutions underlying the circularity mission, the structure of the system and the system dynamics. Based on the analysis of a wide range of policy documents and twenty in-depth interviews with stakeholders in the Dutch infrastructure sector, three vicious cycles were identified that form persistent barriers to the transition: (1) the CE contestation cycle given the contested nature of the circularity mission; (2) the knowledge diffusion cycle given the need to adopt and diffuse knowledge; and (3) the innovation cycle when it comes to procuring and upscaling circular innovations. These barriers all relate to processual, organizational and institutional challenges rather than to technological ones. This indicates that construction managers, policymakers and researchers in the field of infrastructure circularity should shift their focus from specific circular solutions to creating appropriate conditions for changing current and introducing novel processes that facilitate circular ways of doing things.

Gremyr, I, Bäckstrand, J, Fredriksson, A, Gatenholm, G and Halldórsson, & (2023) Blueprinting construction logistics services for quality improvement. Construction Management and Economics, 41(01), 60–78.

Hartenberger, U, Lorenz, D and Lützkendorf, T (2013) A shared built environment professional identity through education and training. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 60-76.

Hill, S, Lorenz, D, Dent, P and Lützkendorf, T (2013) Professionalism and ethics in a changing economy. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 8-27.

Hughes, W and Hughes, C (2013) Professionalism and professional institutions in times of change. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 28-38.

Janda, K B and Parag, Y (2013) A middle-out approach for improving energy performance in buildings. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 39-50.

Jaradat, S, Whyte, J and Luck, R (2013) Professionalism in digitally mediated project work. Building Research & Information, 41(01), 51-9.

Nilsson Vestola, E and Eriksson, P E (2023) Engineered and emerged collaboration: vicious and virtuous cycles. Construction Management and Economics, 41(01), 79–96.

Wang, Z, Han, F, Xia, B, Liu, J and Zhang, C (2023) Regional differences and heterogeneity of construction and demolition waste with economic growth: evidence from China. Construction Management and Economics, 41(01), 44–59.