Factors predicting proclivity and intensity to volunteer for the environment in the US and South Korea

Lindsey McDougle, Femida Handy, Tally Katz-Gerro, Itay Greenspan, Hoon Young Lee

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This research compares environmental volunteering among students in South Korea and the US (n = 3612). Given differing environmental histories of these countries, we explore whether and to what extent volunteer proclivity and intensity varies, and potential factors that explain existing variation. Findings suggest that American students are more likely to volunteer for, and devote time to, environmental causes, while South Korean students differ on socio-economic correlates of such behaviour. In a global society, understanding determinants of environmental volunteer participation is critical to the management of environmental NGOs that are involved in broad-based and participatory planning, educating stakeholders and legitimising environmental advocacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-854
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - 4 May 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to gratefully acknowledge the research support received the GAPSA − Provost Award and the James Joo − Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at from the University of Pennsylvania and KyungHee University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, © 2014 University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


  • cross national
  • environmental knowledge
  • pro-environmental behaviours
  • volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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