Professor Patrick Devine-Wright
Professor in Human Geography

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

I have been awarded Visiting Professor positions at the following institutions: in Australia at the University of Melbourne(2010) and at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, 2012 and 2013); in South Africa at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2010) and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (2010).

Committee/panel activities

Member of the National Advisory Panel on Community Engagement for EirGrid, the Irish electricity system operator (2013+).

Member of the DECC/DEFRA Social Science Expert Panel (2012+).

Invited Lead Expert for DIUS Foresight project on 'Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment' (2007-8).

Member of International Science Panel on Renewable Energy (2005-2008). 

Member of the National Advisory Group steering the Countryside Agency’s Community Renewables Initiative (2001-2006).

Member of Regional Advisory Group of East Midlands Community Renewables Initiative (2002-2005).

Editorial responsibilities

Editorial board member for the following journals: Global Environmental Change, Energy Research and Social Science, Environment and Behavior, PsyEcology, Local Environment.

Co-editor of the 2010 special issue on 'Place, Identity and Behavior' - Journal of Environmental Psychology

External Examiner Positions

I have examined PhD theses for the following Universities: the Open University, University of Exeter, Robert Gordon University, Cardiff University, Lancaster University, University of Edinburgh, the University of Melbourne and the University of South Australia.

Invited lectures & workshops

Over the past 5 years, I have given invited lectures and seminars to academic audiences at Universities across the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I also have given invited lectures to policy makers in the UK and New Zealand. Recent keynotes include the 2016 conference on Energy and Society in Leipig, the 2015 conference on Energy Landscapes in Dresden and the 2014 conference on Renewable Energy Research at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Media Coverage

I have given interviews on the topic of 'NIMBYism' and public acceptance for TV and radio programmes including Countryfile, the Today programme, Costing the Earth and PM. My work has also featured in many newspaper articles by UK national press and professional publications.

Significant Impact

My work on community engagement and public acceptance of renewable energy technologies has led to membership of the DECC/Defra Social Science Expert Panel and an invited think-piece commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ideas and findings have influenced UK government thinking on energy policies and practices of participation and consultation. For example, the 2013 call for evidence on Community Energy issued by DECC uses a framework developed by Gordon Walker and myself to understand what distinguishes these projects from developer led schemes.  

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