Research trends in industry 5.0 and its application in the construction industry

Patience Tunji-Olayeni, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ayodeji Oke, Nissi Chukwu

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Purpose: Industry 5.0 provides significant social, environmental and economic benefits over previous industrial revolutions. However, research in the field of industry 5.0 is still at a very nascent stage. Little is known about research trends in the field and its applications in specific sectors as construction which have relatively low sustainability index. Hence, this study aims to explore research trends in industry 5.0 and its applications in the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach: The study adopted a bibliometric analysis with the use of the vosviewer. The main search words used in the study were “Industry 5.0”, “Society 5.0” AND “Fifth Industrial Revolution”. Initial extracted papers with these keywords were 1036. After refining based on language, document type, key words and timeframe, a total of 188 papers were found suitable for the analysis. Findings: The most impactful research on Industry 5.0 to date was from the United States, Australia and Sweden while the journal sustainability was found to be the highest document source on Industry 5.0. The application areas of industry 5.0 in the construction industry include health and safety, collaborative working, waste management, measurement of environmental features (indoor air quality, atmospheric pressure, noise, humidity and temperature) and forecasting of environmental, social or financial outcomes. Research limitations/implications: The study used review based papers which form the bulk of the existing research on industry 5.0. This limits understanding of the practical applications, benefits and challenges associated with the use of industry 5.0. Originality/value: This work contributes to the theory and practice of industry 5.0 by providing baseline data for future research directions on industry 5.0. The work specifically highlights the application areas of industry 5.0 in the construction industry and also indicates the need for questionnaire, interviews or case study based research to enhance understanding of the practical applications of industry 5.0.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalTechnological Sustainability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2024


  • Construction 5.0
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Industrial revolution
  • Social sustainability
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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