About Placewise

Placewise Ltd have extensive experience of multidisciplinary working not only across social sciences but also across humanities, engineering and natural sciences. We understand the opportunities and challenges that multidisciplinary, applied and international projects present.

Placewise Ltd have extensive experience of multidisciplinary working not only across social sciences but also across humanities, engineering and natural sciences. We understand the opportunities and challenges that multidisciplinary, applied and international projects present.

Dr. Hannah Devine-Wright and Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright are Directors of Placewise Ltd.

Hannah and Patrick Devine-Wright have extensive experience of leading and contributing to consultancy and academic research projects on social, environmental and health issues.

Hannah’s latest book ‘OUTSiDE TiME: a personal history of prison farming and gardening’ will be published in September 2017. It is available from www.hanwrights.com

OUTSiDE TiME is a unique study of an almost-forgotten aspect of the prison service in England and Wales – HMP Farms & Gardens. Twenty years ago, HMP Farms & Gardens was the third largest farming operation in the country, able to feed 50,000 prisoners three meals-a-day. An integral feature of prisons since the first farm was established at HMP Dartmoor in 1852, farming and horticulture were highly profitable and rehabilitative. Hannah combines her experience of growing up on prison farms with research material drawn from published and unpublished sources as well as interviews conducted with a wide range of contributors including offenders and prison staff.

Outside Time

Outside Time

Hannah Devine-Wright

Hannah Devine-Wright

ResearchGate

Patrick Devine-Wright

Patrick Devine-Wright

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They have particular expertise in:

  • understanding the symbolic and affective dimensions of places, particularly the concepts of place attachment and place identity;
  • investigating social and psychological aspects of siting new energy infrastructure such as wind farms and overhead power lines, including ‘NIMBYism’ and public engagement;
  • understanding the motivation for pro-environmental and pro-social actions, particularly conceptions of citizenship applied to energy and environmental problems;
  • the use of innovative research methods, particularly visual representations, and
  • the links between sustainability, health and wellbeing.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Academic research projects have been commissioned and funded by:
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • European Union (EU)
  • British Academy
  • NHS
  • Private companies