The relationship between urban transformation and sustainability: a bibliometric analysis and exploring existing trends

Ece Kaya B., ERBAŞ İ.

Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13467581.2023.2270033
  • Journal Name: Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Compendex, Index Islamicus, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: bibliometric analysis, Sustainability, sustainable urban transformation, urban transformation
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Urban transformation and sustainability research are current issues in the construction industry. This study aims to comprehend the past and current trends in the relationship between urban transformation and sustainability through a literature review and bibliometric analysis, focusing on the themes that these studies concentrate on and determining the main subjects addressed within these themes. The study examined research articles that mention the concepts of “urban transformation” and “sustainability” in their title, abstract and keywords, published between 2002–2022 in the Scopus database. A total of 86 articles were analyzed in detail. The findings have clearly indicated 3 main issues of paramount importance: (1) Developing countries must prioritize sustainability in urban planning to align with global trends. (2) Collaborative initiatives involving diverse stakeholders are not just beneficial but essential for advancing sustainable urban development. (3) Integrating environmental, climate, and energy aspects into the framework of urban transformation and sustainability is not merely advantageous but crucial. This study contributes to the body of knowledge on urban transformation by providing a general framework and a systematized understanding of the issues related to urban transformation and sustainability. Furthermore, it is expected to raise awareness among implementers and policymakers regarding sustainable urban transformation issues that have emerged in recent years.