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Exploring catalyst behaviours: full Report: a report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Austin, A.; Cox, J.; Barnett, J. and Thomas, C. (2011). Exploring catalyst behaviours: full Report: a report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London, UK.

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Abstract

This research project is concerned with investigating ‘catalyst behaviours’, which is the idea that taking-up a new behaviour (such as recycling) may cause people to start another, or many more, pro-environmental behaviours. These could be closely related behaviours or exist across a broader range of lifestyle activities. Research was conducted in two phases in order to clarify the evidence. The work programme comprised an extensive literature review; followed by a small scale, pilot qualitative exercise to explore the links that the public makes between pro-environmental behaviours, the processes that drive these links (or categorisations), and how these processes may or may not relate to underlying psychological or sociological factors. The project aims were to understand:
• Is there plausible evidence that catalyst based behaviour change occurs?
• If it does occur, how does the process or mechanism work, and does it only work for specific behaviours, specific groups of people, or under certain conditions?
• If the process occurs, how can it be stimulated?

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2007 Queen's Printer and Controller of HMSO
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EVO508)
Keywords: Behaviour change; catalyst behaviours; spillover; pro-environmental, sustainable
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 30879
Depositing User: Christine Thomas
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 08:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30879
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