Transit oriented development: A bibliometric analysis of research

Farjana Shatu, Laura Aston, Lipi Bhavesh Patel, Md Kamruzzaman

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Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a popular planning concept both in policy circles and in academia. The field has grown over the last 30 years with hundreds of research articles. However, a comprehensive review of the field in its entirety is missing in the literature. This chapter uses bibliometric analysis techniques and examines bibliographic data of 677 research outputs on TODs to explore: (a) the knowledge structure in TOD research in terms of its thematic evolution over time; (b) the various entities (author, journal, country) that are driving the field with greater productivity and influence; and (c) if a concerted effort has been made by the various entities to progress the field of research. Findings show that nine thematic research foci evolve in the TOD literature (e.g., various contextual effects of TODs, TOD design and behavioral outcomes, TOD typology and accessibility) with differential impacts on the field. The various factors that have a greater influence in the field include an overall productivity of authors, their capability to generate high quality publications, and the strength of their broader collaborative networks. However, evidence shows that most of the researchers have been working in silos and lack effective collaboration. The findings of this chapter provide a bird's eye view of the field for researchers interested in TOD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Transport Policy and Planning
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-824080-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transport Policy and Planning
ISSN (Print)2543-0009
ISSN (Electronic)2542-9116


  • Bibliographic coupling
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Citation analysis
  • Co-authorship analysis
  • Co-occurrence analysis
  • Land use
  • Network visualization
  • Research performance
  • Research productivity
  • Transit-oriented development

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