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Blue economy and aquaculture before and during the pandemic era: a systematic literature review

Raffaele Silvestri (Department of Economics, Università di Foggia, Foggia, Italy)
Domenico Morrone (Department of Management, Finance and Technology, LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University, Casamassima, Italy)
Pasquale Del Vecchio (Department of Management, Finance and Technology, LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University, Casamassima, Italy)
Gioconda Mele (Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Innovazione, Universita del Salento, Lecce, Italy)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper provides a contribution of systematisation to the literature on the blue economy and aquaculture as challenging issues for achieving sustainable growth and a circular economy. The growing scientific interest in recent years and the increased attention in political agendas make the blue economy and aquaculture as promising fields for scientific investigation. The latter has been confirmed during a particular period too as the pandemic times. To identify those areas of specialisation emerging from the intersection of such topics, the paper embraces a systematic literature review for inspiring future research.

Design/methodology/approach

The study covers a period of 20 years by including 85 papers extracted from the Scopus database. Through the adoption of VOSviewer, the investigation explores the main descriptive statistics, while content analysis has been embraced to identify thematic areas.

Findings

The main results of this study are about statistics (i.e. publication trends, geographic distribution, most frequent keywords and most influential authors, etc.). Three main thematic areas have been identified in this study: SDGs and policies for sustainable development, food and energy, business models and managerial issues.

Practical implications

Practical implications arise both for firms and policymakers. About the firsts, interesting insights can be derived in terms of business model innovation, collaborative approaches and technological exploration. About policymakers, inspiration in terms of renewal of strategic guidelines, creation of enabling contextual conditions and evidences for new regulations can be noted.

Originality/value

Elements of original contributions can be identified in the adoption of an SLR to verify the advancement of the debate till the recent pandemic.

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Citation

Silvestri, R., Morrone, D., Del Vecchio, P. and Mele, G. (2023), "Blue economy and aquaculture before and during the pandemic era: a systematic literature review", British Food Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2022-0660

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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