Kathleen P. Bell
Office: 302 Winslow Hall
Ph.D. Economics, University of Maryland; A.B. Economics & Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College
Environmental Economics, Land Economics, Public Economics, Sustainability Science
Dr. Kathleen P. Bell’s research employs economics to address environmental, public health, and community economic development issues. Her broad research interests include the spatial aspects of economic decisions; the linkages between economic, social, and environmental systems; and the use of science to support private and public decision-making. Dr. Bell has extensively studied the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and organizations to improve management of land and water resources and protect public health. Much of her research examines land and housing markets and the interactions between land-use change, markets, and environmental quality. Her research has appeared in diverse publications, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Review of Economics and Statistics, Land Economics, Journal of Forest Economics, Agricultural Economics, Marine Resource Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Journal of Regional Science, Forest Science, Water Resources Research, Estuaries, and Ecology & Society. Dr. Bell serves on multiple editorial boards and is an active reviewer for numerous journals and federal agency grant programs. Dr. Bell has served as a leader on several large NSF EPSCoR-funded interdisciplinary research projects at the University of Maine. Her economics expertise, interdisciplinary research experience, connections to stakeholders, and leadership skills have greatly benefited these research programs. Since joining the UMaine faculty, she has helped bring in more than $25 million in external grant funding.
Teaching & Mentoring
Dr. Kathleen P. Bell teaches courses in environmental economics, econometrics (statistics), geographic information systems (GIS), environmental policy & natural resource management, and sustainability science at the University of Maine. She has mentored one postdoctoral fellow, chaired/co-chaired the committees of 18 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students, and served on the committees of 41 M.S. and 10 Ph.D. students. Dr. Bell has chaired one undergraduate Honor’s thesis committee and served on five undergraduate Honor’s thesis committees. She advises undergraduate students majoring in Economics and Ecology & Environmental Science. Committed to workforce development, Kathleen shares her passion for data, analytics, problem-solving, storytelling, technology, creativity, and innovation with students and mentees.
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