Does water context influence behaviour and attitudes to water conservation?

Gilbertson, M., Hurlimann, A. and Dolnicar, S. (2011) Does water context influence behaviour and attitudes to water conservation?. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 18 1: 47-60. doi:10.1080/14486563.2011.566160

Author Gilbertson, M.
Hurlimann, A.
Dolnicar, S.
Title Does water context influence behaviour and attitudes to water conservation?
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-6563
Publication date 2011-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2011.566160
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 60
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract Many rural and urban areas around the world are facing challenges to the supply of water. A key method of addressing water shortage is water conservation. The success of conservation measures depends on public support and behaviour change. While it is known that the public is generally supportive of water conservation measures, little is known about the dependence of water conservation attitudes and behaviour on geographical location and the water situation at specific locations. The present study investigates whether individual attitudes to water conservation, and reported participation in water conservation behaviours, differ between two Australian locations that vary significantly in their water situation. The first location, Darwin, is an urban location with a water surplus, whereas the second location, the Mallee in north-western Victoria, is a rural environment that has experienced an extended period of drought. Results indicate that there are significant differences in attitude and participation between the two areas. Significantly more people from the water-scarce location are supportive of most water conservation behaviours, and they are significantly more likely to state that they participate in water conservation behaviours. Implications for water policy are discussed.
Keyword Water conservation
the Mallee
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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