Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development in the Russian Federation



Drawing on empirical research from a qualitative study in the Russian Federation, this paper contributes to the limited academic literature on environmental awareness and sustainable development in Russia. Using data from nearly 100 interviews with firms, NGOs and environmental regulators, we explore current barriers to public environmental awareness and the avenues to sustainable development, in the context of a transition country. We conclude by calling for further research that investigates the possibilities for environmental education and sustainability in contemporary Russian society and the institutional barriers thereto. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.