Understanding pro-environmental behaviour through the lens of self-determination theory
Self-determination theory (SDT), comprising of six mini-theories, represents a universal needs-motivation based theory that has been applied to explain human behaviour, optimal human functioning and psychological well-being across a wide range of settings. These include among many others:
those associated with the maintenance of positive personal health behaviours ie, healthy diet and exercise
those that can be described as pro-social ie, philanthropic giving
those that can be described as pro-environmental ie, recycling, waste management and reduced natural resource consumption.
Essentially, SDT argues that when the three universal ‘basic’ needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness are both satisfied and supported, behaviour is more likely to be internally-regulated and sustained over the longer term. In addition to being universal, the three basic needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness are necessary nutrients for optimal human functioning (wellbeing).
In this seminar, Dave Webb will:
provide a brief overview of self-determination theory
introduce three studies in which I was involved that focus on different aspects of household energy consumption in a Western Australian context
discuss potential avenues for expansion and/or collaboration across a range of domains.