Dr Karen Bell

  • Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development (Urban Studies)

Biography

Dr Karen Bell currently researches and teaches Just Transition, environmental justice and intersectional environmental policy. Since 2008, she has been investigating and teaching at the intersection of political, geographical and environmental studies at the School for Politics, International Relations and Environment, Keele University; the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol; the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England and now the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and, from 2016-2019, she was an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow.

Prior to 2008, Dr Bell was a community development coordinator, working alongside disadvantaged communities to address issues such as social inequality, racism, disability discrimination, and environmental exclusion and inequity. From there, she gradually moved into community and environmental research. In 2011, she completed her PhD on Environmental Justice at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

Since then, she has carried out a number of related research projects. This has included work on ‘Achieving Environmental Justice’ which analysed and compared environmental justice strategies and outcomes in a variety of political, economic and cultural settings, including the US, UK, South Korea, Sweden, China, Bolivia and Cuba. More recent work on ‘Fair and Inclusive Social and Environmental Transition Alternatives’ continues this comparative theme, while emphasising transition paradigms i.e. ‘Green Economy’ and ‘Living Well’ (Vivir Bien). She has also recently carried out qualitative work on ‘Working-Class Environmentalism’ which looks at how to build an environmental movement that is attractive to a wider range of social groups. Her most recent research is at the intersection of Labour and Sustainability studies, in collaboration with Trade Unions. This work is investigation Just Transition in relation to the defence sector in the US and the UK.

Dr Bell has been a Visiting Research Fellow with the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (2018) and with the Asian Institute of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017).

Her research has been funded primarily by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the British Academy.

Publications

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2022

Bell, K. (2022) Increasing undergraduate student satisfaction in Higher Education: the importance of relational pedagogy. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 46(4), pp. 490-503. (doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.1985980)

Ahmad, Z., Arya, D., Bell, K. , McGregor, C., Scandrett, E. and Temper, L. (2022) Environmentalism from the margins: interviews with scholar-activists. Community Development Journal, 57(1), pp. 132-166. (doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsab051)

2021

Bell, K. and Bevan, G. (2021) Beyond inclusion? Perceptions of the extent to which Extinction Rebellion speaks to, and for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class communities. Local Environment, 26(10), pp. 1205-1220. (doi: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1970728)

Bell, K. (2021) Working-class environmentalism in the UK: organising for sustainability beyond the workplace. In: Räthzel, N., Stevis, D. and Uzzell, D. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 441-463. ISBN 9783030719081 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_19)

Bell, K. and Bevan, G. (2021) The failure of lifestyle environmentalism and the promise of the Green New Deal for working-class people. Journal of Working-Class Studies, 6(1), pp. 5-21. (doi: 10.13001/jwcs.v6i1.6465)

Bell, K. and Reed, M. (2021) The tree of participation: a new model for inclusive decision-making. Community Development Journal, (doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsab018) (Early Online Publication)

Bell, K. (Ed.) (2021) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9780367567309

Bell, K. (2021) Policies and change. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 148-164. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-10)

Bell, K. (2021) Working-class people, Extinction Rebellion and the environmental movements of the Global North. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 63-81. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-5)

Bowman, B., Bell, K. and Alexis-Martin, B. (2021) Youth, climate and environmentalism. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 132-147. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-9)

2020

Bell, K. (2020) Working-Class Environmentalism: An Agenda for a Just and Fair Transition to Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030295189 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29519-6)

2018

Kitson, J., Williamson, S.J., Harper, P.W., McMahon, C.A., Rosenberg, G., Tierney, M.J., Bell, K. and Gautam, B. (2018) Modelling of an expandable, reconfigurable, renewable DC microgrid for off-grid communities. Energy, 160, pp. 142-153. (doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2018.06.219)

2017

Pemberton, S., Fahmy, E., Sutton, E. and Bell, K. (2017) Endless pressure: life on a low income in austere times. Social Policy and Administration, 51(7), pp. 1156-1173. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12233)

Edwards, R., Phoenix, A., Gordon, D., Bell, K. , Elliott, H. and Fahmy, E. (2017) How paradata can illuminate technical, social and professional role changes between the Poverty in the UK (1967/1968) and Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK (2012) surveys. Quality and Quantity, 51(6), pp. 2457-2473. (doi: 10.1007/s11135-016-0403-5) (PMID:29070914) (PMCID:PMC5635069)

Bell, K. (2017) The dawn of environmental justice? The record of left and socialist governance in Central and South America. In: Holifield, R., Chakraborty, J. and Walker, G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. Series: Routledge handbooks. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 543-555. ISBN 9781138932821 (doi: 10.4324/9781315678986-43)

Fahmy, E. and Bell, K. (2017) Using paradata to evaluate survey quality: behaviour coding the 2012 PSE-UK survey. In: Edwards, R., Goodwin, J., O'Connor, H. and Phoenix, A. (eds.) Working with Paradata, Marginalia and Fieldnotes: the Centrality of By-Products of Social Research. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, pp. 40-60. ISBN 9781784715243 (doi: 10.4337/9781784715250.00009)

Bell, K. (2017) Living well within planetary limits: a comparative analysis of contrasting paradigms for achieving quality of life in South Korea and Bolivia. In: Valverde Viesca, K., Gutiérrez Márquez, E., Flores, A. and González Martínez, C. A. (eds.) Ciudadanía y calidad de vida : debates, retos y experiencias en torno al desarrollo social en México y América Latina = Citizenship and Quality of Life: Debates, Challenges and Experiences Regarding Social Development in Mexico and Latin America. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Ciudad de México, pp. 30-45. ISBN 9786070299872

Bell, K. (2017) ‘Living well’ as a path to social, ecological and economic sustainability. Urban Planning, 2(4), pp. 19-33. (doi: 10.17645/up.v2i4.1006)

2016

Bell, K. (2016) Green economy or living well? Assessing divergent paradigms for equitable eco-social transition in South Korea and Bolivia. Journal of Political Ecology, 23(1), pp. 71-92. (doi: 10.2458/v23i1.20180)

Bell, K. (2016) Bread and roses: a gender perspective on environmental justice and public health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(10), 1005. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13101005) (PMID:27754351) (PMCID:PMC5086744)

Pemberton, S., Fahmy, E., Sutton, E. and Bell, K. (2016) Navigating the stigmatised identities of poverty in austere times: Resisting and responding to narratives of personal failure. Critical Social Policy, 36(1), pp. 21-37. (doi: 10.1177/0261018315601799)

Bell, K. , Fahmy, E. and Gordon, D. (2016) Quantitative conversations: the importance of developing rapport in standardised interviewing. Quality and Quantity, 50, pp. 193-212. (doi: 10.1007/s11135-014-0144-2) (PMID:26792949) (PMCID:PMC4705135)

2015

Bell, K. (2015) Can the capitalist economic system deliver environmental justice? Environmental Research Letters, 10(12), 125017. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/125017)

Sebba, J., Berridge, D., Like, N., Fletcher, J., Bell, K. , Strand, S., Thomas, S., Sinclair, I. and O'Higgins, A. (2015) The educational progress of looked after children in England: linking care and educational data. Project Report. University of Oxford and University of Bristol.

Cemlyn, S. and Bell, K. (2015) Generating solidarity around human rights, equality and social justice. In: Beyond 2015: Shaping the Future of Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice. Equality and Diversity Forum: London, pp. 42-52.

2014

Bell, K. and Cemlyn, S. (2014) Developing public support for human rights in the United Kingdom: reasserting the importance of socio-economic rights. International Journal of Human Rights, 18(7-8), pp. 822-841. (doi: 10.1080/13642987.2014.951339)

Bell, K. (2014) Achieving Environmental Justice: a Cross-National Analysis. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781447305941 (doi: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305941.001.0001)

2013

Bell, K. (2013) Doing qualitative fieldwork in Cuba: social research in politically sensitive locations. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16(2), pp. 109-124. (doi: 10.1080/13645579.2011.653217)

2011

Bell, K. (2011) Environmental justice in Cuba. Critical Social Policy, 31(2), pp. 241-265. (doi: 10.1177/0261018310396032)

2008

Bell, K. (2008) Achieving environmental justice in the United Kingdom: a case study of Lockleaze, Bristol. Environmental Justice, 1(4), pp. 203-210. (doi: 10.1089/env.2008.0527)

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Number of items: 30.

Articles

Bell, K. (2022) Increasing undergraduate student satisfaction in Higher Education: the importance of relational pedagogy. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 46(4), pp. 490-503. (doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.1985980)

Ahmad, Z., Arya, D., Bell, K. , McGregor, C., Scandrett, E. and Temper, L. (2022) Environmentalism from the margins: interviews with scholar-activists. Community Development Journal, 57(1), pp. 132-166. (doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsab051)

Bell, K. and Bevan, G. (2021) Beyond inclusion? Perceptions of the extent to which Extinction Rebellion speaks to, and for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class communities. Local Environment, 26(10), pp. 1205-1220. (doi: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1970728)

Bell, K. and Bevan, G. (2021) The failure of lifestyle environmentalism and the promise of the Green New Deal for working-class people. Journal of Working-Class Studies, 6(1), pp. 5-21. (doi: 10.13001/jwcs.v6i1.6465)

Bell, K. and Reed, M. (2021) The tree of participation: a new model for inclusive decision-making. Community Development Journal, (doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsab018) (Early Online Publication)

Kitson, J., Williamson, S.J., Harper, P.W., McMahon, C.A., Rosenberg, G., Tierney, M.J., Bell, K. and Gautam, B. (2018) Modelling of an expandable, reconfigurable, renewable DC microgrid for off-grid communities. Energy, 160, pp. 142-153. (doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2018.06.219)

Pemberton, S., Fahmy, E., Sutton, E. and Bell, K. (2017) Endless pressure: life on a low income in austere times. Social Policy and Administration, 51(7), pp. 1156-1173. (doi: 10.1111/spol.12233)

Edwards, R., Phoenix, A., Gordon, D., Bell, K. , Elliott, H. and Fahmy, E. (2017) How paradata can illuminate technical, social and professional role changes between the Poverty in the UK (1967/1968) and Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK (2012) surveys. Quality and Quantity, 51(6), pp. 2457-2473. (doi: 10.1007/s11135-016-0403-5) (PMID:29070914) (PMCID:PMC5635069)

Bell, K. (2017) ‘Living well’ as a path to social, ecological and economic sustainability. Urban Planning, 2(4), pp. 19-33. (doi: 10.17645/up.v2i4.1006)

Bell, K. (2016) Green economy or living well? Assessing divergent paradigms for equitable eco-social transition in South Korea and Bolivia. Journal of Political Ecology, 23(1), pp. 71-92. (doi: 10.2458/v23i1.20180)

Bell, K. (2016) Bread and roses: a gender perspective on environmental justice and public health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(10), 1005. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph13101005) (PMID:27754351) (PMCID:PMC5086744)

Pemberton, S., Fahmy, E., Sutton, E. and Bell, K. (2016) Navigating the stigmatised identities of poverty in austere times: Resisting and responding to narratives of personal failure. Critical Social Policy, 36(1), pp. 21-37. (doi: 10.1177/0261018315601799)

Bell, K. , Fahmy, E. and Gordon, D. (2016) Quantitative conversations: the importance of developing rapport in standardised interviewing. Quality and Quantity, 50, pp. 193-212. (doi: 10.1007/s11135-014-0144-2) (PMID:26792949) (PMCID:PMC4705135)

Bell, K. (2015) Can the capitalist economic system deliver environmental justice? Environmental Research Letters, 10(12), 125017. (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/125017)

Bell, K. and Cemlyn, S. (2014) Developing public support for human rights in the United Kingdom: reasserting the importance of socio-economic rights. International Journal of Human Rights, 18(7-8), pp. 822-841. (doi: 10.1080/13642987.2014.951339)

Bell, K. (2013) Doing qualitative fieldwork in Cuba: social research in politically sensitive locations. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16(2), pp. 109-124. (doi: 10.1080/13645579.2011.653217)

Bell, K. (2011) Environmental justice in Cuba. Critical Social Policy, 31(2), pp. 241-265. (doi: 10.1177/0261018310396032)

Bell, K. (2008) Achieving environmental justice in the United Kingdom: a case study of Lockleaze, Bristol. Environmental Justice, 1(4), pp. 203-210. (doi: 10.1089/env.2008.0527)

Books

Bell, K. (2020) Working-Class Environmentalism: An Agenda for a Just and Fair Transition to Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030295189 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29519-6)

Bell, K. (2014) Achieving Environmental Justice: a Cross-National Analysis. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781447305941 (doi: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305941.001.0001)

Book Sections

Bell, K. (2021) Working-class environmentalism in the UK: organising for sustainability beyond the workplace. In: Räthzel, N., Stevis, D. and Uzzell, D. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 441-463. ISBN 9783030719081 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-71909-8_19)

Bell, K. (2021) Policies and change. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 148-164. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-10)

Bell, K. (2021) Working-class people, Extinction Rebellion and the environmental movements of the Global North. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 63-81. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-5)

Bowman, B., Bell, K. and Alexis-Martin, B. (2021) Youth, climate and environmentalism. In: Bell, K. (ed.) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 132-147. ISBN 9780367567309 (doi: 10.4324/9781003099185-9)

Bell, K. (2017) The dawn of environmental justice? The record of left and socialist governance in Central and South America. In: Holifield, R., Chakraborty, J. and Walker, G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. Series: Routledge handbooks. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 543-555. ISBN 9781138932821 (doi: 10.4324/9781315678986-43)

Fahmy, E. and Bell, K. (2017) Using paradata to evaluate survey quality: behaviour coding the 2012 PSE-UK survey. In: Edwards, R., Goodwin, J., O'Connor, H. and Phoenix, A. (eds.) Working with Paradata, Marginalia and Fieldnotes: the Centrality of By-Products of Social Research. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, pp. 40-60. ISBN 9781784715243 (doi: 10.4337/9781784715250.00009)

Bell, K. (2017) Living well within planetary limits: a comparative analysis of contrasting paradigms for achieving quality of life in South Korea and Bolivia. In: Valverde Viesca, K., Gutiérrez Márquez, E., Flores, A. and González Martínez, C. A. (eds.) Ciudadanía y calidad de vida : debates, retos y experiencias en torno al desarrollo social en México y América Latina = Citizenship and Quality of Life: Debates, Challenges and Experiences Regarding Social Development in Mexico and Latin America. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Ciudad de México, pp. 30-45. ISBN 9786070299872

Cemlyn, S. and Bell, K. (2015) Generating solidarity around human rights, equality and social justice. In: Beyond 2015: Shaping the Future of Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice. Equality and Diversity Forum: London, pp. 42-52.

Edited Books

Bell, K. (Ed.) (2021) Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism. Series: Routledge studies in environmental justice. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9780367567309

Research Reports or Papers

Sebba, J., Berridge, D., Like, N., Fletcher, J., Bell, K. , Strand, S., Thomas, S., Sinclair, I. and O'Higgins, A. (2015) The educational progress of looked after children in England: linking care and educational data. Project Report. University of Oxford and University of Bristol.

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Grants

‘Decarbonising and Diversifying Defence: A Workers’ Enquiry for a Just Transition’ British Academy (£97,071, 2021, as PI)

‘Race, Class and Environmentalism in a time Crisis’ Faculty of Environment and Technology Enterprise Fund (£1,000, 2020, as PI)

‘Developing Multi-Dimensional Indicators for Living Well (Vivir Bien)’ Cabot Innovation Fund (£4,000, 2018, as PI)

‘Socially Just Transitions to Sustainability’ IAS Benjamin Meaker Award (£1,400, 2016, as PI)

‘System Design of an Expandable, Reconfigurable, and Integrated Renewable Energy Microgrid’ EPSRC Global Challenges Fund (£85,466, 2016, as Co-I)

‘Environmental Governance for Sustainable Urban Transformation’ British Council, Newton Fund (£3,000, 2016, as PI)

‘Transition Engineering: Exploring future pathways to sustainable resource consumption’ Cabot Institute Innovation Award (£1,000, 2016, as Co-I)

‘Fair and Inclusive Environmental/Social Transition Alternatives: Learning from the 'Living Well' and 'Green Economy' pathways to sustainability’ ESRC Future Leaders (£196,261, 2016-2019, as PI)

‘Green Economy in Korea’ Asian Development Institute (£2,000, 2015, as PI)

‘Evaluation of ELHNM’ ELH Neighbourhood Management (£8,000, 2014, as PI)

‘Achieving Environmental Justice’ Santander Travel Award (£1,500, 2013, as PI)

‘Public Attitudes to Human Rights’ Equalities and Diversity Forum (£30,000, 2012-2013, as Co-I)

‘Proving Our Value: Measuring the Economic Value of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector’ South West Forum/Big Lottery (£65,000, 2011-2013, as Co-I)

‘Aspirations, Opportunities and Challenges for Young People in St. Pauls’ St. Pauls Unlimited Community Partnership (£10,000, 2011, as PI)

‘Living Well in Lockleaze’ Bristol Green Capital (£5,000, 2011, as PI)

'Environmental Justice: Lesssons from Cuba' ESRC 1+3 Studentship (£60,000, 2006-2010)