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Prof Sarah Bell

Summary

Sarah Bell is an EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Research Fellow, investigating bottom-up approaches to community engagement in infrastructure provision. Her interest in infrastructure is grounded in her expertise in urban water systems. She uses interdisciplinary research methods to address issues at the interface of engineering, policy and society, including water efficiency, water reuse, and sustainable drainage.


Research Summary

Sarah Bell is an EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Research Fellow, investigating bottom-up approaches to community engagement in infrastructure provision. Her interest in infrastructure is grounded in her expertise in urban water systems. She uses interdisciplinary research methods to address issues at the interface of engineering, policy and society, including water efficiency, water reuse, and sustainable drainage.


Research Activities

  • ARUP Global Research Challenge
  • Bridging the Gaps Across Sustainable Urban Spaces
  • Essential Diversions: Urine Diversion Toilets in Durban, South Africa
  • Refurbishment and Demolition of Social Housing in London
  • UCL Grand Challenges: Developing District Water Reuse Networks
  • Urban water poverty halfway through the Decade of Water for Life

Recent Publications

Displaying 30 most recent publications. For the full list please visit UCL Discovery

  1. Akeel U,Bell S,Mitchell JE (2019) Assessing the sustainability literacy of the Nigerian engineering community Journal of Cleaner Production. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.089.
  2. Bell S,Chilvers A,Jones EA,Badstuber N (2018) Evaluating engineering thinking in undergraduate engineering and liberal arts students European Journal of Engineering Education. 10.1080/03043797.2018.1552663.
  3. Dolowitz DP,Bell SJ,Keeley M (2018) Retrofitting urban drainage infrastructure: green or grey? Urban Water Journal, 15(1), 83 - 91. 10.1080/1573062X.2017.1396352.
  4. Johnson C,Borrion A,Austen K,Matsushita J,Comber R,Bell S (2018) Intervening in the City: Co-designing Neighbourhood Infrastructure with Residents of a London Housing Estate.
  5. Bell SJ (2018) Engineering with the Trouble: the Engineering Exchange at UCL.
  6. Dawson RJ,Thompson D,Johns D,Wood R,Darch G,Chapman L,Hughes PN,Watson GVR,Paulson K,Bell S,Gosling SN,Powrie W,Hall JW (2018) A systems framework for national assessment of climate risks to infrastructure Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 376(2121). 10.1098/rsta.2017.0298.
  7. Borrion A,Matsushita J,Austen K,Johnson C,Bell S (2018) Development of LCA calculator to support community infrastructure co-design International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 10.1007/s11367-018-1492-2.
  8. Flor D,Bell S,Zimmermann N (2018) Key variables and policy test to increase water efficiency in households in London: A system dynamics approach.
  9. Fairbrass AJ,Jones K,McIntosh ALS,Yao Z,Malki-Epshtein L,Bell SJ (2018) Green Infrastructure for London: A Review of the Evidence.
  10. Bell SJ (2018) Framing urban water sustainability: Analysing infrastructure controversies in London.
  11. Borrion A,Bell S,Johnson C (2017) Co-designing waste solutions with local communities.
  12. Borrion A,Allix P,Austen K,Bell S,Matsushita J,Johnson C (2017) Development of LCA Calculator to support community infrastructure co-design.
  13. Akeel ,Mitchell ,Bell S (2017) Engineering and Sustainability Education in Nigeria.
  14. Green JMH,Cranston GR,Sutherland WJ,Tranter HR,Bell SJ,Benton TG,Blixt E,Bowe C,Broadley S,Brown A,Brown C,Burns N,Butler D,Collins H,Crowley H,DeKoszmovszky J,Firbank LG,Fulford B,Gardner TA,Hails RS,Halvorson S,Jack M,Kerrison B,Koh LSC,Lang SC,McKenzie EJ,Monsivais P,O'Riordan T,Osborn J,Oswald S,Thomas EP,Raffaelli D,Reyers B,Srai JS,Strassburg BBN,Webster D,Welters R,Whiteman G,Wilsdon J,Vira B (2017) Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE, 12(2), 319 - 331. 10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4.
  15. Wilcox J,Bell SJ,Nasiri F (2017) Water reuse trajectories, 69 - 80.
  16. Bell S,Johnson C,Borrion A,Austen K,Matsushita J,Comber R,Melville-Shreeve P (2017) Engineering Comes Home: Co-designing nexus infrastructure from the bottom-up International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure.
  17. Bell S (2017) Urban water sustainability: Constructing infrastructure for cities and nature, 1 - 185. 10.4324/9781315680811.
  18. Bell SJ (2017) Presenting Futures: London 2062, 171 - 180.
  19. Borrion A,Bell S,Johnson C (2016) Reconfiguring nexus infrastructure from the bottom up.
  20. Hollander R,Amekudzi-Kennedy A,Bell S,Benya F,Davidson C,Farkos C,Fasenfest D,Guyer R,Hjarding A,Lizotte M,Quigley D,Watts D,Whitefoot K (2016) Network priorities for social sustainability research and education: Memorandum of the Integrated Network on Social Sustainability Research Group Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, 12(1). 10.1080/15487733.2016.11908150.
  21. Wilcox J,Nasiri F,Bell S,Rahaman MS (2016) Urban water reuse: A triple bottom line assessment framework and review Sustainable Cities and Society. 10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.021.
  22. Bell SJ,Barrow C,Bukachi V (2016) Developing Community Collaboration: the Engineering Exchange.
  23. Bell SJ,Barrow C,Bukachi V (2016) The Engineering Exchange: widening access to engineering expertise in London.
  24. Crawford C,Bell SJ,Davies F,Johnson C,Joo S,Hayward S,Lee R (2016) Hacking london’s demolition decisions: a new collaboration to scrutinise the technical justifications for retrofit, refurbishment and demolition, 77 - 82.
  25. Si J,Marjanovic-Halburd L,Nasiri F,Bell S (2016) Assessment of building-integrated green technologies: A review and case study on applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method Sustainable Cities and Society. 10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.013.
  26. Bell S (2015) Renegotiating urban water Progress in Planning, 96, 1 - 28. 10.1016/j.progress.2013.09.001.
  27. Bell SJ (2015) The socio-technology of alternative water systems, 441 - 457.
  28. Adler I,Campos L,Bell SJ (2015) Community participation in decentralised rainwater systems: A Mexican case study, 117 - 130.
  29. Bell SJ (2015) Water scarcity, 360 - 366.
  30. Waage J,Yap C,Bell SJ,Levy C,Mace G,Pegram T,Unterhalter E,Desandi N,Hudson D,Kock R,Mayhew S,Marx C,Poole N (2015) Governing Sustainable Development Goals: interactions, infrastructures and institutions, 79 - 88.

Biography

Sarah Bell is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is Director of the Engineering Exchange at UCL which aims to improve community engagement in engineering and built environment research. Her latest book 'Urban Water Sustainability: Constructing Infrastructure for Cities and Nature' was published in 2018 by Routledge.

Qualifications

  • 2004: Graduate Certificate, University of Sydney
  • 2003: Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University
  • 1999: Master of Science, University of New England, Armidale, NSW
  • 1996: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Western Australia
  • 1996: Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia