Sustaining and Improving the Social Condition of River Ecosystems

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Pisarski, Anne and Cary, John (2011) Sustaining and Improving the Social Condition of River Ecosystems. In: Academy of Management 71st Annual Meeting, 12 August 2011, San Antonio, Texas, USA. (Unpublished)


This study uses and extends the theory of planned behavior to develop and empirically test a model of the social condition of riparian behavior. The theory of planned behavior is applicable to understanding the complexity of social conditions underlying waterway health. SEM identified complex interrelationships between variables. Aspects of respondent’s beliefs impacted on their stated intentions and behavior and were partially mediated by perceived behavioral control. The way in which people used waterways also influenced their actions. This study adds to theoretical knowledge through the development of scales that measure aspects of the social condition of waterways and examines their interrelationships for the first time. It extends the theory of planned behaviour through the incorporation of an objective measure of participants knowledge of waterway health. It also has practical implications for managers involved in sustaining and improving the social condition of river ecosystems.

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Paper 712 in conference, p.230 of program.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Historical > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9004 Water and Waste Services
Keywords ResPubID23367, Sustainability, trust management, social innovation, community partnership
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