Urban Residents’ Environmental Citizenship Behaviour:The Roles of Place Attachment, Social Norms and Perceived Environmental Responsibility

Soopramanien, Didier and Daryanto, Ahmad and Song, Zening (2023) Urban Residents’ Environmental Citizenship Behaviour:The Roles of Place Attachment, Social Norms and Perceived Environmental Responsibility. Cities, 132. ISSN 0264-2751

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Abstract

Little attention has so far been devoted to the roles that perceived environmental responsibility and social norms respectively play in the established relationship between place attachment and pro-environment behaviour of residents. These two variables matter when we consider the context of cities where typically residents are from different backgrounds which can exacerbate the difficulty in engaging residents in civic activities such as pro-environment behaviour. Using data collected in Beijing (n=1388) and employing a structural equation modeling approach, our findings first demonstrate that attachment to a place activates an individual’s perceived environmental responsibility that acts as a mediator between place attachment and pro-environmental behaviour. Second, we find that place attachment influences both subjective and local norms, but that only subjective norms transfer the impact to perceived environmental responsibility and then to pro-environmental behaviour. These findings provide local authorities with new avenues of policy intervention regarding the use of social norms and perceived environmental responsibility respectively when designing place attachment policies to engage urban residents in pro-environment behaviour.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Cities
Additional Information:
This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Cities. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Cities, 132, 2023 DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.104097
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178946
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Deposited On:
10 Nov 2022 11:25
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25 Jan 2023 11:20