Psychological Approaches to Sustainability: Current Trends in Theory, Research and Applications


Victor Corral-Verdugo (Editor)
Universidad de Senora, Mexico

Cirilo H. Garcia Cadena, PhD (Editor)
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México

Martha Frias-Armenta (Editor)
Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology

An international team of leading scholars and young researchers in environmental psychology offers a relatively new perspective on the origin and solutions of the current environmental crisis. They explain how human nature has played a prominent role in the emergence of ecological problems such as global warming, threats to biodiversity, resources scarcity and pollution. But also, they demonstrate that such problems are interlinked with social problems such as poverty, famine, social and economical inequities and violence. According to this book’s authors, psychological theories and empirical evidence show that the solutions for those socio-ecological problems are to be found in human nature and its psychological predispositions.

These include personal motives, world-visions, future perspective, environmental emotions, altruistic tendencies and behavioral capacities among other psychological predispositions that could allow the adoption of sustainable lifestyles. Meeting the ideals of sustainability requires the participation of the natural and social sciences, including psychology, in order to guarantee the fulfillment of its purposes. Behavioral sciences study the psychological characteristics and the contextual factors that lead people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. In addition, these sciences investigate how sustainable behaviors promote happiness, psychological well being and restoration, which are considered among the aims of sustainable development by governments throughout the world. The authors, who are recognized experts in these areas, offer a state-of-the-art review and data on what it is known regarding the psychological dimensions of the environmental crisis, its behavioral solutions and the repercussions of sustainable behavior on human well being.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp. i-ix

Part I: The Psychology of Environmental Problems and Solutions pp. 1-2

Chapter 1. Introduction to the Psychological Dimensions of Sustainability
(Victor Corral-Verdugo and Martha Frías-Armenta, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico; Cirilo H. García-Cadena, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico)pp. 3-18

Chapter 2. Global Warming, Climate Change and Human Psychology
(Taciano L. Milfont, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)pp. 19-42

Chapter 3. Socio-Psychological and Contextual predictors of Sustainable Water Consumption
(Giuseppe Carrus, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy; Mirilia Bonnes, Universita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Italy; Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico; Gabriel Moser, Université René Descartes-Paris V, France and Jai Sinha, Assert Institute of Management Studies, India)pp. 43-60

Part II: Antecedent Psychological Dimensions of Sustainability

Chapter 4. How to Promote Energy Savings among Households: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
(Linda Steg, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands and Wokje Abrahamse, University of Surrey, UK)pp. 61-82

Chapter 5. Ecological Worldviews
(Bernardo Hernández, Ernesto Suárez, Stephany Hess, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain and Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico)pp. 83-108

Chapter 6. Leverage for Sustainable Change: Motivational Sources Behind Ecological Behavior
(Nina Roczen, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands;
Florian G. Kaiser, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany and Franz X. Bogner, Universität Bayreuth, Germany)pp. 109-124

Chapter 7. The Socio-Psychological Affinity Towards Diversity: From Bio-Diversity to Socio-Ecological Sustainability
(Mirilia Bonnes, Universita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Italy;
Giuseppe Carrus, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy; Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico and Paola Passafaro, Universita degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Italy)pp. 125-140

Chapter 8. Promoting Pro-Environmental Intentions. Theoretical Background and Practical Applications of Travel Feedback Programs for
Car Use Reduction
(Satoshi Fujii, Kyōto daigaku, Kyoto University, Japan; Ayako Taniguchi and Tsukuba daigaku, University of Tsukuba, Japan)pp.41-160

Chapter 9. Altruism and beyond: The Motivational basis of Pro-
Environmental Behavior
(Verónica Sevillano, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain; Juan Ignacio Aragonés, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
and P. Wesley Schultz, California State University, San Marcos, USA)pp. 161-184

Chapter 10. Equity and Sustainability Orientation
(Cirilo H. Cadena-García, Laura Castro, Iván Miramontes and Rafael Limones, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico)pp.85-204

Chapter 11. Time Perspective and Sustainable Behavior
(Jose Q. Pinheiro, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico)pp. 205-224

Chapter 12. Promoting Pro-Environmental Competency
(Blanca Fraijo-Sing, Victor Corral-Verdugo, César Tapia-Fonllem,
and Daniel González-Lomelí, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico)pp. 225-246

Chapter 13. Emotions and Pro-Environmental Behavior
(César Tapia-Fonllem, Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico; Claudia Gutiérrez-Sida and Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico; José Mireles-Acosta, Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico; Hugo Tirado-Medina, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico)pp. 247-266

Part III: Contexual Determinants of Sustainable Behavior pp. 267-268

Chapter 14. Contextual Influences on Sustainable Behavior
(Dawn Hill, Aurelio J. Figueredo and W. Jake Jacobs, University of Arizona, USA)pp. 269-294

Chapter 15. Why do People Fail to Act? Situational Barriers and Constraints on Pro-Ecological Behavior
Rui Gaspar de Carvalho, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Jose Manuel Palma-Oliveira, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico pp. 295-316

Chapter 16. Community Sustainability: Orientations and Implications from Environmental Community Psychology
(Esther Wiesenfeld and Euclides Sánchez, Universidad Central de Venezuela pp.317-336

Chapter 17. Place Attachment and the Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Technologies
(Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter, United Kingdom)pp. 337-360

Chapter 18. Cultural Background and Environmental Context of Water
Perception and Use
(Gabriel Moser, Université René Descartes Paris-V, France; Oscar Navarro, Groupe de Recherche sur l’Amérique Latine, MSH, France; Eugenia Ratiu, Université René Descartes Paris-V, France and
Karine Weiss, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France)pp. 361-384

Chapter 19. Influence of Social and Legal Norms on Anti-Ecological Behavior
(Martha Frías-Armenta, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico and Ana M. Martín, Universidad de La laguna, Spain)pp. 385-408

Part IV: The Positive Psychological Impacts of Sustainable Behavior pp. 409-410

Chapter 20. Urban Sustainability, Psychological Restoration and Soundscapes
(Sarah R. Payne, University of Manchester, United Kingdom)pp. 411-432

Chapter 21. Happiness and Sustainable Behavior
(Robert B. Bechtel, University of Arizona, USA and Victor Corral-Verdugo, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico) pp. 433-450

Index pp. 451-475

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