The social psychology of biodiversity conservation in agriculture

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    We investigate farmers’ intentions to apply biodiversity conservation practices from a psychological perspective, using an adapted version of the theory of planned behaviour (TPB), including group norms and putting emphasis on moral norms and self-identity. The study is based on a quantitative survey (n = 99) in Belgium, analysed using confirmatory factor analyses and path analysis. Results suggest that the impact of attitudes, social norms and perceived behavioural control on intentions is almost fully mediated through moral norms and self-identity. To have a sustained impact, change actions should strive to embed biodiversity conservation into the social norms and into the good farmer identity of the farming community. While acknowledging the explanatory nature of this study, the findings could suggest another view on how to induce behavioural change.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
    Pages (from-to)1464-1484
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • B390-plant-breeding
    • Belgium
    • Biodiversity
    • conservation adoption
    • theory of planned behaviour


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