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Linking psychology and sustainability: research gaps and future directions

Mohd Mahudin, Nor Diana (2014) Linking psychology and sustainability: research gaps and future directions. In: The Inaugural Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability , 1st - 3rd December 2014, Japan.

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Although there is a growing literature concerning sustainability that is grounded in psychology, particularly environmental psychology, much of the current knowledge in this field is still derived from the works of researchers in ecology, environmental science, geography, architecture, and sociology. This renders psychology of sustainability as an increasingly important research area, but one in need of more evidence-based studies with stronger links between theories, methods, and practice. To address this concern, a brief overview of issues, developments, and emerging areas of research for sustainability where psychologists can contribute, is presented. Six distinct, but interdependent research ideas that may provide future direction in this field are identified. These include (1) demand for an in-depth examination of environmental values, (2) improvement in the measurement of sustainability indicators, (3) better understanding of the relationships between sustainability and cultures, (4) better integration of theories and applied research drawn from other disciplines, (5) establishment of innovative strategies for public engagement and dissemination of research findings, and (6) and more intervention research. Drawing from these results, some implications that would provide ideas for future work are presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3951/39673 ISSN 2188-6857
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology, sustainability, environment, demand
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD169 Environmental protection
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 11:56
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 11:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/39673

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