Kathleen P. Bell
Office: 200 Winslow Hall
Phone: (207) 581-3156
Ph.D. Economics, University of Maryland; B.A. Economics, Bowdoin College
Environmental Economics; Land Economics; Spatial Economics; Regional and Public Economics
Associate Professor Bell specializes in environmental and natural resource economics and spatial economic modeling. She is especially interested in the spatial aspects of economic decisions.
Dr. Bell received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1997, with fields in environmental economics and public finance. She began her professional career with the U.S. Environmental Protection AGency in Washington, DC and then was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, Seattle. She joined the faculty of the University of Maine in July 2001, where she conducts research on a variety of environmental and community economic development topics and teaches environmental policy, environmental and natural resource economics, econometrics, and GIS courses.
Much of her research addresses land-use decisions and the interactions between land-use change and environmental quality. Dr. Bell has published research on a variety of topics related to the economics of land-use change and recently co-edited a book on the economics of rural land-use change. A second focus is the spatial aspects of economic decisions. Dr. Bell’s research interests in this area include the modification of conventional models of decisions to incorporate heterogeneity over space and the use of GIS to support environmental policy analysis. Current research projects include studies of land-use change, residential location decisions, risks to arsenic in drinking water, and the impacts of invasive forest pests on private and public landscapes.
- REP 471 – Economics of Environmental and Resource Management (PDF)
- REP 475 – Resource Economics and Policy Applications of GIS (PDF)
- REP 531 – Econometric Models and Applications