Kathleen P. Bell
Office: 200 Winslow Hall
Ph.D. Economics, University of Maryland; B.A. Economics, Bowdoin College
Environmental Economics, Land Economics, Public Economics, Sustainability Science
Associate Professor Kathleen Bell joined the faculty at the University of Maine in 2001, where she conducts research on a variety of environment, public policy, and community economic development topics and teaches economics, public policy, statistics, and geographic information system (GIS) courses. Dr. Bell’s research interests include the modification of conventional models of decisions to incorporate heterogeneity over space, the modeling of coupled social and biophysical systems, and the use of science, GIS, and technologies to support private and public decision-making. She is particularly interested in the spatial aspects of economic decisions, the linkages between economic, social, and environmental systems, and the application of interdisciplinary research approaches to address challenging problems. Much of her past research examined land and housing markets and the interactions between land?use change, markets, and environmental quality. Most recently, Dr. Bell has served as a leader of the University of Maine NSF-Funded Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her economics expertise, interdisciplinary research experience, connections to Maine stakeholders, and leadership skills have greatly benefitted this $20 million dollar research program. Dr. Bell’s recent success on two additional, large awards from NSF ensures her continued leadership and achievements in strengthening University of Maine’s capacity to conduct groundbreaking interdisciplinary research.
Dr. Bell is recognized as a leader within the environmental economics profession. She is currently Past-President of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association and Past-President of the W-3133 Project (Benefits and Costs of Natural Resources Policies Affecting Public and Private Lands). Dr. Bell serves on multiple editorial boards and is an active reviewer for numerous journals and federal agency grant programs.
In 2012, Dr. Bell, Chris Moore, and Thomas Holmes shared the first Sören Wibe Prize, an international award given bi-annually to the most outstanding article in the Journal of Forest Economics.
Dr. Bell has published her research in a variety of professional outlets and has presented her research to diverse audiences. Joint with students and colleagues, she has published 25+ journal articles, 14 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 1 book on the economics of rural land-use change. She and students (i.e., the Bell Lab) have given more than 100 research presentations to professional audiences.
Dr. Bell participated in the 2013 Summer Institute Program of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. She returned to campus inspired to improve communication of UMaine’s research contributions.
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