Community protest groups' perceptions of environmental risks using social contagion theory

Teo, Melissa & Loosemore, Martin (2006) Community protest groups' perceptions of environmental risks using social contagion theory. In Boyd, D (Ed.) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Birmingham, UK, pp. 319-326.

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Local communities are vulnerable to the potential environmental risks associated with construction activity. Currently, little is understood about how perceptions of environmental risks are shaped and spread within a community. A better understanding of this process can help bridge the gap between developers and communities and bring about more sustainable development practices. This paper reports a research methodology which uses social contagion theory to investigate this process. The research adopts a single case study approach of a highly controversial housing project in the greater Sydney metropolitan area. The case study is particularly significant as it investigates an extensive and on-going community-based protest campaign (dating back almost 20 years) that has generated the longest standing 24 hour community picket in the New South Wales.

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ID Code: 48364
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: collective action, environmental risk perceptions, construction projects, social contagion
ISBN: 0 9552390 0 1
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2012 04:44
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:11

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