Climate change is a pressing concern for the agricultural sector of both developed and developing countries due to the heavy reliance of this primary sector on climate conditions. However, little research effort has gone into understanding underlying cognitive factors that implicitly and explicitly guide the climate change adaptation process of farmers and the combined influence of socio-economic and psychological factors on their adaptive behaviour. Since the importance of psychological factors and the reinforcement of psychology and economics to each other in explaining human behaviour have been well recognised, this paper employs behavioural economic viewpoints, protection motivation theory, and the theory of planned behaviour as the foundation. An integrated conceptual framework has been developed that takes into account psychological as well as socio-economic factors and examines the interaction among those variables in explaining farmers’ decision-making process regarding climate change adaptation. The framework aims to provide a better understanding of farmers’ adaptive behaviour in response to climate change.
|Keywords:||Climate Change, Adaptation, Farmers, Behavioural Economics, Protection Motivation Theory, Theory of Planned Behaviour|
PhD Candidate, School of Agriculture, Food, and Wine, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Senior Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Associate Professor, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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