Psychosocial factors influencing responses to ecological crisis – seminar 24 Nov Manchester

I’m presenting some findings from my PhD research at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tues 24th Nov 2015, 2 – 3.30pm, John Dalton East Building Room 423, as part of the Sustainability  and Ethical Enterprise Group meeting series. Following my presentation there will be time for group discussion of issues arising from the research.

Psychosocial processes involved in influencing pro-environmental decision-making in the organisation

There is a deeply troubling dissonant disproportionality between the severity and urgency of human-caused ecological crisis and our relatively slow and small collective response. Understanding what might be going on in our psyches for this dissonance to manifest is of critical importance if we wish to avoid worst-case scenarios: good intentions are evidently not enough.

This presentation draws on findings from a transdisciplinary study into the lived, embodied and situated experience of six research participants as they act to influence pro-environmental decision-making in their organisations.  I present a model of key dynamics and interactions in psychosocial processes that impact their motivation, resilience and effectiveness. The analysis focuses on three factors in particular: psychological threat defence mechanisms and coping strategies, basic psychological needs satisfaction and vitality maintenance, and framing of human-nature relationship.


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