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A fuzzy set analysis of the determinants of intention to adapt and pro-environmental behaviour

Sara El-Deeb ( Marketing, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Maria Correia ( Accounting and Finance, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Christian Richter ( Economics, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 30 September 2020

Issue publication date: 23 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate what drives people to show a willingness to mitigate the effects of climate change. To accomplish this goal, this research uses the theory of planned behaviour to examine whether attitude towards climate change, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control are potential determinants of a pro-environmental intention and thus a pro-environmental behaviour.

Design/methodology/approach

This explanatory paper applies a Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis to identify the key drivers of pro-environmental intention and behaviour. A non-probability convenience sample of 481 Egyptian respondents was collected.

Findings

This study finds that awareness combined with a willingness to pay to mitigate climate change are key drivers of pro-environmental intention. Moreover, personal responsibility and confidence in the ability to mitigate climate change also trigger climate-friendly intentions. Finally, it is found that societal engagement and willingness to take action increase the propensity to exhibit pro-environmental behaviour.

Research limitations/implications

The results of our analysis cannot be generalized to the Egyptian population as a whole as our sample only comprises a sample of Egyptian students.

Originality/value

This paper is novel as it is the first that applies Qualitative Comparative Analysis to the Theory of Planned Behaviour. By doing so, the paper sheds light on the understanding of key cognitive, social-psychological and behavioural factors which lead to environmental actions. Hence, it provides policy-makers with a framework to support a more sustainable society.

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Citation

El-Deeb, S., Correia, M. and Richter, C. (2021), "A fuzzy set analysis of the determinants of intention to adapt and pro-environmental behaviour", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 41 No. 7/8, pp. 786-804. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-03-2020-0058

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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