Industrial pollution, spatial stigma and economic decline: The case of Asopos river basin through the lens of small business owners

Skouloudis, A and Jones, Nikoleta and Roumeliotis, S and Isaac, A and Greig, Alison and Evangelinos, Kostantinos (2016) Industrial pollution, spatial stigma and economic decline: The case of Asopos river basin through the lens of small business owners. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. ISSN 0964-0568

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Abstract

This paper explores the notion of environmentally-induced spatial stigma through an analysis of data from interviews across public attitudes to pollution within the Asopos river basin in central Greece. The study focuses on the perceptions and beliefs of a sector of the community likely to be directly and negatively affected by stigma, that is small business owners in the tourism and hospitality sector. The qualitative analysis explores awareness and viewpoints on environmental degradation and water quality within the local context, implications on the local economy and the individual’s own enterprise, views on industrial environmental management as well as corporate responsibility and future prospects on the environmental problem of Asopos. Findings reveal a noticeable variation in views on industrial pollution and ecosystem deterioration among the respondents but overall a strong environmentally-induced stigmatization of the area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in 'Journal of Environmental Planning and Management' on 04/11/2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2016.1243519
Keywords: environmental degradation, spatial stigma, industrial pollution, small business, qualitative study, Asopos river, Greece, sustainability
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Nikoleta Jones
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 10:03
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 02:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701399

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