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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4825-4842; doi:10.3390/su5114825
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Environmental Worldviews: A Point of Common Contact, or Barrier?

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Received: 19 September 2013 / Revised: 1 November 2013 / Accepted: 4 November 2013 / Published: 11 November 2013
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Abstract

Increasingly, scientists are reaching out to individuals and entities once considered “users” of scientific knowledge to engage them in the research process due to the increased need for contextualized knowledge. However, these increased interactions make apparent the boundaries that exist between the parties interested in sustainability science. Divergent values and attitudes amongst researchers and between researchers and stakeholders may preclude effective communication and collaboration when individuals screen information due to their perceptions of those who generated the information. The current work contributes to the complexity of environmental communication in the decision making sphere, by considering whether expressions of personal value, such as environmental worldviews, may influence the processing of knowledge and information sharing across interdisciplinary research and researcher–stakeholder boundaries. This work includes a unique opportunity to consider not only empirical data, but interactions and implications within a research community and with the public.
Keywords: environmental worldviews; boundary management; stakeholder engagement; sustainability science; co-orientation model environmental worldviews; boundary management; stakeholder engagement; sustainability science; co-orientation model
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