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Psychology of Sustainability
An Applied Perspective

ISBN 9780415843133
Published July 17, 2014 by Routledge
350 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Psychology of Sustainability: An Applied Perspective examines the many psychological factors that lead to human behavioral effects on the environment. Each chapter will apply elements from a basic research area into the context of criteria specific to sustainability. Increased interest has led many universities to offer courses on "Psychology of Sustainability." This book is the perfect text to provide an introduction to the subject. Throughout the book, readers will find new ways of framing questions related to human adaptability and evolutionary psychology. Psychology of Sustainability is ideal for students or professionals who are looking to contribute to the conversation.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1. Applied Psychology and the Environment 2. The Determinist in Us All 3. Differences among People 4. Opening the Black Box 5. Social Contexts 6. Development, Identity Formation, and Motivation 7. Learning and Behavior Change 8. Processes in Applied Psychology 9.Organizational Interventions 10. Broad Interventions 11. The Adaptive Capacity Scorecard

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Robert G. Jones is professor of psychology at Missouri State University. As an I-O psychologist, Bob and his students have provided consulting services in organizational development and personnel decisions with large and small organizations for over 25 years. His extensive public service outside I-O psychology has included successful community organizing for green space preservation, policy making for urban energy and growth management, and the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee for the National League of Cities.


“In this brilliantly structured textbook, Robert Jones delves into the aspects of human psychology that underlie contemporary issues in sustainability.  He couples his passion for improving the human condition with a deep understanding of the psyche, asking the crucial question: How can psychology help us understand and adapt to a rapidly changing world?  I commend this text as an excellent introduction to the field of environmental psychology.”—Neal Ashkanasy, Professor of Management, University of Queensland, Australia

“This is a big book written in an easily accessible style, suitable for both psychology students and others with an interest in the field. A wonderful resource packed with up-to-date research on the major theories in psychology, all applied to the vexing question of how we can create a more sustainable society.”—Niki Harré, author of Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability, and Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand