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Multi-criteria decision making-based waste management: A bibliometric analysis

Sohail, Shahab Saquib; Javed, Ziya; Nadeem, Mohammad; Anwer, Faisal; Farhat, Faiza; Hussain, Amir; Himeur, Yassine; Madsen, Dag Øivind


Shahab Saquib Sohail

Ziya Javed

Mohammad Nadeem

Faisal Anwer

Faiza Farhat

Yassine Himeur

Dag Øivind Madsen


Waste management is a complex research domain. While the domain is challenging in terms of content, it is also a diverse and cross-disciplinary research subject. One of its important components includes efficient decision-making at various levels and stages. Therefore, Multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) techniques have found decent applications in this domain. The field of MCDM techniques-based waste management has been examined using bibliometric analysis in this paper in order to report a systematic overview of the trends and advancements in this area of study. The Scopus database provided 216 publications on the aforementioned subject written between 1992 and 2022. The 216 articles include 56 countries, 158 institutions, and 160 authors. Furthermore, Asian countries, including India, Iran, and China, dominate this field of study. The geographical disparity in the output of publications is visible. Journal of cleaner production, Waste Management and Waste Management and Research are the major journals publishing on MCDM techniques-based waste management research. Given that majority of the articles include multiple authors, it can be said that there is a lot of collaborative research in this area. Overall, the current study provides a thorough analysis of the development in the domain of waste management using MCDM techniques. The trend suggests that it will continue to be a focus of research for academicians, environmentalists and policymakers in the future.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 18, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2023
Publication Date 2023-11
Deposit Date Nov 17, 2023
Publicly Available Date Nov 17, 2023
Print ISSN 2405-8440
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 11
Article Number e21261
Keywords Waste management, Multi-Criteria-Decision-Making (MCDM), Bibliometric analysis, Circular economy, Sustainability
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