The effect of information on public acceptance - the case of water from alternative sources

Dolnicar, Sara, Hurlimann, Anna and Nghiem, Long Duc (2010) The effect of information on public acceptance - the case of water from alternative sources. Journal of Environmental Management, 91 6: 1288-1293. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.02.003


Author Dolnicar, Sara
Hurlimann, Anna
Nghiem, Long Duc
Title The effect of information on public acceptance - the case of water from alternative sources
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
1095-8630
Publication date 2010-06-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.02.003
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 91
Issue 6
Start page 1288
End page 1293
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract This study aims to provide conclusive evidence that information about water from alternative sources increases public acceptance. We conducted an experiment with 1000 Australian respondents asking them about their acceptance of recycled and desalinated water for a range of purposes under two conditions: 1) no information provided and 2) information about the production process provided. Results indicate that – both for desalinated and recycled water – the stated likelihood of use increases significantly if people are provided with information about the production process. This has major implications for public policy makers indicating that providing factual information (as opposed to persuasive campaigns) will increase public support of water augmentation projects.
Keyword Recycled water
Desalinated water
Public attitudes/resistance
Public acceptance
Alternative water sources
Desalination
Reclamation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP0878338
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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