Human Behavior and Environmental Sustainability
March 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
Linda Steg is lecturer in environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on measuring, understanding and changing environmentally significant behavior, like household energy use and car use. She is president elect of Division 4 'Environmental Psychology', and treasurer of Division 13 'Traffic and Transportation Psychology' of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). She coordinates the sustainability network of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS).
· to (re-)draw readers’ attention to the seriousness of various environmental problems and the potential of the behavioral sciences to understand human-environment transactions;
· to demonstrate, for a variety of environmental problems, the usefulness of sound conceptual modeling and research design;
· to elucidate the importance of environmental quality for human well-being (and, consequently, sustainability), and to clarify the behavioral management of environmental problems;
· to illustrate the transactional nature of the human-environment relationship;
· to argue and demonstrate the usefulness of multidisciplinary collaboration as well as the potential of behavioral research for underpinning environmental policy making.