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Amy Porter, a doctoral researcher in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, has used her skills as an archaeologist on a high profile project on prisons and green spaces.

Amy Porter

The interdisciplinary project, led by Dr Dominique Moran from the School of Geography, Earth and Environment Science, found that prisons with more green space have lower levels of violence and self-harm.

Within her archaeology research, Amy uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyse how the landscapes of South-East Arkadia and North-West Lakonia in Greece changed over time. On this project, she used these skills to calculate the percentage of greenspace, both within the prisons and outside them.

Amy spent around five weeks calculating the green space, along with blue space (e.g. rivers, lakes and ponds) and major roads, in and around 111 prisons. This data was then sent to be further analysed against data on prisoner wellbeing.

Amy said “Due to my subject specialism, I applied to be a part of the project and I was lucky enough to participate in such groundbreaking research.

“This project helped to develop my own skills and it was very interdisciplinary in nature. It was a pleasure to collaborate on this project and I am still in avid contact with my colleagues. I look forward to seeing the other aspects of the research published in the future, it was a fantastic project!”

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