Water demand management research: A psychological perspective

Russell, Sally and Fielding, Kelly (2010) Water demand management research: A psychological perspective. Water Resources Research, 46 5: W05302-1-W05302-12. doi:10.1029/2009WR008408

Author Russell, Sally
Fielding, Kelly
Title Water demand management research: A psychological perspective
Journal name Water Resources Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1397
Publication date 2010-05-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1029/2009WR008408
Volume 46
Issue 5
Start page W05302-1
End page W05302-12
Total pages 12
Editor Praveen Kumar
Place of publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The availability of fresh water for human consumption is a critical global issue and one that will be exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Water demand management has an important role to play in reducing the vulnerability of freshwater supplies to climate change impacts. In this paper, we argue that the field of psychology and environmental psychology in particular can make a vital contribution in understanding further the drivers of residential water demand. A growing body of literature in environmental psychology has examined the determinants of water conservation behavior, and this research has many potential applications for water demand policy. In this paper we offer a review of current psychological research that examines the five broad causes of residential water conservation behaviors: attitudes, beliefs, habits or routines, personal capabilities, and contextual factors. We assess how psychologists have studied water conservation behavior to date, identify shortcomings, and indicate how this research can be used to further promote residential water conservation and to inform evidence-based policy and practice.
Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union
Keyword Pro-environmental behavior
Planned behavior
Conserve water
Ecological paradigm
Conservation behavior
Demand management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number W05302, pp. 1-12.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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