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Invited Speakers


Dr. Angela T. Ragusa
Charles Sturt University, Australia


Biography | Dr. Angela T. Ragusa is an environmental sociologist at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW, Australia. Angela has a PhD and Master Degree in Sociology and second Master's Degree in Science & Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia in the United States. Her Bachelor's Degree is in Psychology from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. She is Editor-in-Chief for Rural Society: Journal of global research into rural social problems for sustainable communities, a role held for over a decade and has published 3 books and >80 academic publications. Recent research projects include identifying what prompts individuals and communities to engage in pro-environmental behaviours (air, land, & water pollution), factors affecting health and environmental literacy/knowledge, and how media and sociocultural norms affect socioeconomic priorities and beliefs (ie, biodiversity and nonhuman species' extinction).

 

 

Speech Title "Environmental prioritisation? Beliefs about organisational concerns and actions"

 

Abstract-Whilst developing and developed nations work to prioritise pro-environmental action, Australia ranked 130 in a global sustainability index in 2020, well behind economically comparable nations. This exists alongside national surveys showing high public support for pro-environmental behaviour. As employees increasingly utilise ‘green’ credentials to make career decisions in globally-competitive marketplaces, understanding if an employer’s environmental track-record is concerning, and what pro-environmental action awareness exists, may encourage large organisations to think critically about future trajectories. Drawing upon data from 31 face-to-face interviews, this research identifies if employees thought environmental sustainability issues were an employer concern, what issues concerned their employer the most, and what, if any, environmental actions were being undertaken. Interview findings are compared alongside global data to demonstrate environmental issue salience and highlight discrepancies/congruencies between local and global imperatives.