Reviewing the Role of Sustainability Professionals in Construction
Book chapter, 2019

Purpose: This paper explores what is known in the body of literature on sustainability professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry to support the formulation of research questions for future studies.
Design/Methodology/Approach: This was done through a systematic literature review in Scopus and Web of Science. In the literature search, 22 journal papers were selected to be included in the review because of their relevance to sustainability professionals, professional roles, and environmental practices in the AEC industry.

Findings: Key characteristics of the papers such as methodology and theory are mapped, followed by main findings on how the sustainability profession and sustainability professionals’ roles are studied within the body of literature. The review shows that the topic of sustainability professionals in the AEC industry is currently under-researched and under-theorized. Specifically, there is a lack of in-depth studies on sustainability professionals’ roles and agency.

Research limitations/implications: By providing an overview of the current literature on sustainability professionals in the AEC industry, it is possible to identify research gaps to formulate research questions for future studies.

Practical implications: This is important as collaboration between professions, including sustainability professionals, is believed to be key for a successful shift towards sustainability; furthering the understanding of sustainability professionals’ role is therefore central.

Originality/value: This paper is the first systematic literature review on sustainability professionals in the AEC industry.

AEC Industry


Literature review



Sustainability professionals


Stina Månsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

Emerald Reach Proceedings Series

978-1-83867-051-1 (ISBN)

Professionalization and institutional change: a study of an emerging sustainability profession

Formas (942-2015-1372), 2016-01-01 -- 2019-12-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Environmental Management



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