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ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
Patrick Devine-Wright
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Professor Patrick Devine-Wright

Last modified: November 23, 2023
ACCESS Leadership Team

Human Geography Professor, Director of ACCESS
University of Exeter


The sector(s) I work in: University

Professional qualifications:

BSc Psychology (Trinity College, Dublin),
MSc in Environmental Psychology (Surrey),
PhD in Social Psychology (Surrey)

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Chartered Environmental Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society

International Association for People-Environment Studies





University profile


Google Scholar


About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

University of Exeter

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am an environmental social scientist with a primary interest in the social acceptance of energy transitions, community engagement and place attachment. With expertise spanning human geography and environmental psychology, I was cited in the top 1% of social science scholars globally by Web of Science in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. I was an IPCC Lead Author on social aspects of climate mitigation in AR6 and sit on the Devon Climate Task Force.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Sustainable energy transitions
  • Place attachment
  • Energy and environmental citizenship
  • Public participation and deliberation
  • Community engagement and acceptance


A full list of publications can be found here

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