IAAP Invited Symposium

Using psychology to promote more sustainable urban water management

[Speaker] Fielding, Kelly S:1
1:The University of Queensland (Australia)

Population growth, increasing urbanization and a changing climate are having significant impacts on current water supplies with the situation likely to get worse in the future. Part of the solution will be decreasing the demand for water and introducing alternative water supplies, both of which require significant change on the part of householders and communities more broadly. This presentation will describe research that tests psychological interventions to promote water conservation, acceptance of alternative water sources, and broader uptake of sustainable water behaviours. The experiments, conducted with student and community samples, demonstrate the effectiveness of informational, social normative, feedback and self-efficacy-based strategies for promoting more sustainable urban water management.
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