Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/140118
Title: “I can live with nuclear energy if…” : exploring public perceptions of nuclear energy in Singapore
Authors: Ho, Shirley Soo Yee
Looi, Jiemin
Chuah, Agnes Soo Fei
Leong, Alisius Deon
Pang, Natalie
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Ho, S. S., Looi, J., Chuah, A. S. F., Leong, A. D., & Pang, N. (2018). “I can live with nuclear energy if…” : exploring public perceptions of nuclear energy in Singapore. Energy Policy, 120, 436-447. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.060
Journal: Energy Policy
Abstract: Considering the growing salience of nuclear energy in Southeast Asia, this study examines public perceptions of nuclear energy in Singapore, a technologically-advanced and affluent nation well-equipped to develop nuclear energy capabilities. Drawing from the source credibility theory, this study examines the public's credibility perceptions of nuclear-related information sources, and their trust in potential stakeholders. Guided by the psychometric paradigm, this study also explores public perceptions of risks, benefits, and support. Four focus group discussions were conducted with Singaporeans aged 18–69. Participants across different age groups (e.g., Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers) concurred in their trust of potential stakeholders, risk perception, cost perception, and support. Intergenerational differences were observed for participants’ media use, credibility perceptions of nuclear-related information sources, and benefit perception. This study contributed theoretically by applying the source credibility theory and psychometric paradigm in an under-studied context. Practical implications were provided for policymakers and communication practitioners to effectively evaluate public awareness and acceptance for nuclear energy. Directions for future research were discussed. In conclusion, intergenerational similarities were observed for Singaporeans’ perceptions of risks, costs, and support. Meanwhile intergenerational differences were noted for their credibility perceptions of nuclear-related information sources, trust in potential stakeholders, and benefit perception.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/140118
ISSN: 0301-4215
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.060
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Energy Policy and is made available with permission of Elsevier Ltd.
Fulltext Permission: open
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