Changing inter-organizational collaborative behaviour in circular construction projects

The architectural, engineering and construction sector can significantly contribute to CO2 reduction and resource depletion by transforming from linear to circular practices. However, the emergence and acceptance of new practices related to roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved in the circular construction economy, ask for reflection on behaviour. The project aims to explore, reflect and learn from behavioural interventions in the collaborative practices in the design phase of circular construction projects to support the transition to a circular and low-carbon construction economy. 

To withdraw from familiar and fixed social practices it is of cardinal importance that the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector develops and adopts interventions influencing both people and organizational behaviour. Through reflective intervening, employees negotiate and give meaning to new work practices, thus enabling a continuous and rapid development of necessary practices. To address the transition we adopt a socio-technical approach, which understands circular construction projects as networks in which both human actors and technological artefacts are involved.

The results of the study are the conditions for successful inter-organizational collaboration and successful work practices which are presented in a toolbox. The toolbox is systematically used, evaluated and improved in a larger number of projects by the end of the research period.

Besides the research team of the VU Amsterdam and TU Delft, the consortium consists of large public clients, architectural firms, contractors, Bouwend Nederland and BNA


Programme:Transitions and Behaviour
Grant amount:€ 769.600
Contribution to TU Delft: € 300.000
Grant number: 403.19.213
Role TU Delft: Co-applicant
Project duration:March 2020 - March 2024
Researchers:                Prof.dr. Alfons van Marrewijk (VU Amsterdam)
Prof.dr. Ellen van Bueren Hans Wamelink

Project partners

VU Amsterdam, TU Delft, Dura Vermeer, Volker Wessels, Van Wijnen, BNA Dutch association of architects, JHK architects, CePeZed, DP6 Architectuur Studio, Bouwend Nederland, Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Den Haag, Rijkswaterstaat, ACCEZ

Contact Hans Wamelink