Engaging people in environmentally sustainable behaviours using interactive Virtual Reality: a conceptual framework

Summerville, Jennifer A., Buys, Laurie, Ginn, Simon P., Bucolo, Sam, Walker, Arron R., Gard, Stephan, & Bell, Lorraine M. (2005) Engaging people in environmentally sustainable behaviours using interactive Virtual Reality: a conceptual framework. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.


Per capita, Australia has the highest rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the industrialised world (Turton & Hamilton, 2002). As such, it is increasingly recognised that engaging Australians in environmentally sustainable practices and behaviours is central to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a sustainable future. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for engaging people in environmentally sustainable everyday behaviours using interactive Virtual Reality (VR). First, it provides a framework through which to understand the elements necessary for the long-term uptake of environmentally sustainable behaviours. It then considers how an active participatory engagement model is suited to addressing these issues. Finally, it articulates the approach required by facilitators as well as the role of VR in facilitating communication about environmentally sustainable behaviour change between people in small group settings.

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ID Code: 3542
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: environmentally sustainable, behaviour change, virtual reality
ISBN: 1741071089
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (The authors)
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:14

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