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Walder, P; Kantelhardt, J.
(2018): The Environmental Behaviour of Farmers - Capturing the Diversity of Perspectives with a Q Methodological Approach
ECOL ECON. 2018; 143: 55-63. FullText FullText_BOKU

The aim of this investigation is to understand more deeply farmersxxx attitudes and behaviour towards multifunctional agricultural ecosystems and sustainable production. By discovering and describing these viewpoints in relation to a wider societal discourse, we are adding to a holistic picture of what role influencing factors play in farmersxxx viewpoints towards natural resources. Consequently, we make use of a Q methodological approach which offers a way of identifying and describing the diversity of farmersxxx viewpoints. Based on data from 30 farmers in Lower Austria we identify the Diversity-maintaining, the Context-depending, the Economic Aspects emphasising and the Change-promoting viewpoints. To our knowledge, especially the Context-depending viewpoint in particular is not yet described in the scientific literature and, therefore, they allow a novel approach to treating environmental problems. Based on these markedly different notions, there are reasonable grounds for questioning a blanket approach from agricultural policies which does not take into account the specific differences of farmersxxx mindsets. It can, instead, be argued that taking this diversity of mindsets into consideration when trying to alter behaviour can contribute to a more stable environmental performance, since specifics of various farmer-groups can be tackled with more accuracy. (C) 2017 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Autor/innen der BOKU Wien:
Kantelhardt Jochen
Walder Peter
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