• Vladimir M. Cvetković University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies, Belgrade
  • Lazar Grbić Scientific-Professional Society for Disaster Risk Managment, Belgrade



climate change, natural disaster, public, perception


The aim of the research is the examination of the factors influencing the public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters. This paper presents the results of quantitative research regarding testing the central hypothesis where education is the predicting variable of public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters. A multivariate regression analysis was used, identifying the extent of the total scores of the main dependent variables (perception of vulnerability to climate change, perception of the climate change impact on natural disasters, knowledge and fear scores) were associated with five demographic and socio-economic variables: gender, age, marital status, education level, and employment status. A series of 208 face-to-face interviews were conducted during the beginning of 2020 on the central squares in the selected cities in Serbia, Belgrade (76.92%) and Sremska Mitrovica (23.08%). The results showed that education level was the most effective predictor of the mentioned research variables. Besides, employment status has been found to affect perceptions of vulnerability, while age affects the perceptions of climate change. Based on the obtained results, policies and strategies to improve people's awareness of climate change must take into account a comprehensive understanding of behavioral dispositions.

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How to Cite

Cvetković, V. M. ., & Grbić, L. (2021). PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON NATURAL DISASTERS. Journal of the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” SASA, 71(1), 43–58.