Circular infrastructure in terms of institutional logics

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The concept of the circular economy (CE) has gained popularity in addressing concerns related to environmental sustainability. However, difficulties arose in scaling up and integrating CE solutions into the infrastructure sector. This paper argues that the institutional logics underlying the current infrastructure sector are
incompatible with the logics on which CE is based. To examine this, we conducted a study using literature and empirical evidence from the Dutch infrastructure agency though in-depth interviews. By relating the arguments of interviewees to values, norms, and worldviews, we were able to establish and compare the prevailing logics held by infrastructure professionals with those related to CE. The results reveal a conflict between the dominant market logic in CE development and the prevalent state and project logics that guide infrastructure practices. These findings highlight the importance of strong leadership from public clients to incorporate CE principles into construction processes. By addressing the institutional barriers to CE scaling, this paper contributes to the ongoing discussion on implementing CE in the infrastructure sector and provides valuable insights for policymakers and public
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference 2023
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 4-6: Proceedings
EditorsApollo Tutesigensi, Christopher J. Neilson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9955463-7-0
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023
Event39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023: Constructing for the Future - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20236 Sept 2023
Conference number: 39


Conference39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Circular economy
  • Institutional logics
  • Transition
  • Infrastructure
  • Agency


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