Seemingly bounded knowledge, trust, and public acceptance : How does citizen's environmental knowledge affect facility siting?

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Original languageEnglish
Article number115941
Journal / PublicationJournal of Environmental Management
Online published12 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2022


Understanding the mechanism of public perception and behavior towards environmental goods provision is essential for effective sustainable governance. This paper studies how citizens' self-reported environmental knowledge affects their trust in public service providers and subsequently their decisions about accepting the provision of a pollution management facility in their neighborhood. Utilizing unique survey data on the siting of a facility for waste incineration in Guangzhou, China, we find that the public's perceived environmental knowledge damages their trust in the operator, which lowers their acceptance of the facility siting, while damage to their trust in the government is negligible. In addition, we find that citizens' preferences for the type of information disclosed and the channels used for disclosure can affect public trust and thus acceptance of the facility siting. Therefore, policy suggestions for urban planning for sustainability are that the urban planner and policy maker can mitigate the negative consequences of bounded environmental knowledge by ensuring there is appropriate information disclosure. This study broadens our understanding of public recognition and acceptance of environmental goods provision and provides practical suggestions for sustainable development.

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  • Environmental knowledge, Public trust, Willingness to accept (WTA), Information disclosure, Urban sustainability

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