Professor Derek Bell
Professor Environmental Political Theory
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7465
- Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5069
- Address: Politics
40-42 Great North Road
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am Head of Politics and I lead the Political Philosophy research cluster. My research is on environmental and social justice and I co-teach a third stage undergraduate module, 'Community-based research in politics', which gives students the opportunity to conduct original applied research in collaboration with local voluntary and public sector organisations.
I completed my BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford University in 1990 before returning to the North-East of England. In 1993, I was awarded a British Academy studentship to study for a PhD at Newcastle University under the supervision of Peter Jones and Simon Caney. My PhD on 'The metaethical and ethical basis of political theory: a dual standpoint approach' critically examined Thomas Nagel's moral philosophy and attempted to develop a distinctive account of justice. I completed it in 1999 and was awarded the PSA's annual Sir Ernest Barker Prize for the Best Dissertation in Political Theory (1999). I was Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at Newcastle University from 2001-3. In 2003, I was appointed to a Lectureship in Political Thought at Newcastle University. In 2006, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2012, I became Reader in Environmental Political Theory and in 2014 I was promoted to a Chair in Environmental Political Theory. I have previously been Head of Politics (2005-8), School Postgraduate Director (2008-10, Politics Postgraduate Research and Taught Programmes Director (2008-10), and Politics Research Director (2012-15). I have also been a member of University Senate (2008-11).
My research is on environmental and social justice. I have recently completed a chapter, 'Justice on One Planet', for the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (ed. by Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thomson). I am working on a co-authored monograph, Global Justice and Climate Change (with Prof. Simon Caney, Oxford University). I am completing a co-edited book, Justice and Fairness in the City (with Prof. Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University).
I am happy to supervise students working in any of my research interests. I am also happy to supervise students in other areas of contemporary political philosophy, ethics and environmental politics.
I have co-supervised eight students to completion:
Lindsay Palmer - The socio-political and technical dynamics of mine water remediation. (ESRC/NERC funded studentship - completed 2008.)
Karen Scott - Promoting well being: community participation, quality of life indicators and sustainability. (ESRC CASE studentship with Blyth Valley Borough Council - completed 2009).
Martyn Griffin - Defending internal deliberation. (ESRC studentship - completed 2010).
Clare Heyward - Environment and cultural identity: towards a new dimension of climate justice. (AHRC studentship - completed 2010).
Chi-Lun Huang - Environmental justice in Taiwan: the case of nuclear waste and public participation. (Completed 2012)
Joanne Swaffield - Discourses of climate change: climate champions, corporations and behaviour change. (School funded studentship - completed 2012).
Gillian Nelson - China and Climate Justice (Completed 2015)
Peter Eckersley - Local climate governance in England and Germany (Completed 2016)
I currently supervise 3 students:
Cristina Fernandez-Garcia - Genetic human enhancement of cognitive and moral capacities: ethical evaluation and assessment of their potential impact on social justice.
Jayne Carrick - Bayesian networks, public participation and offshore wind energy (ESRC studentship)
Fracking and Environmental Liability - REFINE (with Anthony Zito, Ole Pedersen and Jaime Amezaga), 2016, c.£15k
Procedural Justice and Local Climate Policy in the UK - Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2011, c.£8k.
Global Justice and Climate Change - AHRC Research Leave. 2007-8. c.£30k
Global Justice and the Environment - AHRC (with Simon Caney, Oxford). 2004-7. c.£259k
Deliberating the Environment - ESRC Science in Society Programme (with Jan Deckers, Tim Gray, Mary Brennan and Nicola Thompson, Newcastle). 2003-4. c.£45k
Citizenship and the Environment - ESRC Seminar Series (with Andrew Dobson, Keele). 2003-5. c.£15k
Political Liberalism and the Environment - Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. 2001-3. c.£28k
- Clough E, Bell D. Just fracking: a distributive environmental justice analysis of unconventional gas development in Pennsylvania, USA. Environmental Research Letters 2016, 11(2), 025001.
- Bell D. Justice on one planet. In: Gardiner, S;Thompson, A, ed. Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. In Press.
- Bell D. Climate Change and Human Rights. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 2013, 4(3), 159-170.
- Bell D. Coming of age? Environmental Politics at 21. Environmental Politics 2013, 22(1), 1-15.
- Bell D. Environmental citizenship: global, local and individual. In: Harris, P, ed. Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics. London, UK: Routledge, 2013, pp.347-58.
- Huang CL, Gray TS, Bell D. Environmental justice of nuclear waste policy in Taiwan: Taipower, government and local community. Environment, Development and Sustainability 2013, 15(6), 1555-1571.
- Bell D, Gray T, Haggett C, Swarfield J. Revisiting the 'social gap': public opinion and relations of power in the local politics of wind energy. Environmental Politics 2013, 22(1), 115-135.
- Scott K, Bell D. Trying to measure local wellbeing: indicator development as a site of discursive struggles. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 2013, 31(3), 522-539.
- Swaffield J, Bell D. Can 'climate champions' save the planet? A critical reflection on neoliberal social change. Environmental Politics 2012, 21(2), 248-267.
- Bell D. Climate Duties, Human Rights and Historical Emissions. In: Harris, P, ed. China's Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011, pp.25-45.
- Bell D. Does Anthropogenic Climate Change Violate Human Rights?. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2011, 14(2), 99-124.
- Bell D. Global Climate Justice, Historical Emissions and Excusable Ignorance. Monist 2011, 94(3), 391-411.
- Bell D. Justice and the Politics of Climate Change. In: Lever-Tracy, C, ed. Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society. London: Routledge, 2010, pp.423-441.
- Palmer L, Gray T, Bell D. Lessons for community-based management approaches to mine water pollution problems: a comparative study of four cases in northeast England. Local Environment 2010, 15(4), 341-356.
- Bell D. Carbon Justice? The Case Against a Universal Right to Equal Carbon Emissions. In: Wilkes, S, ed. Seeking Environmental Justice. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008, pp.239-257.
- Thompson N, Bell DR. Articulating political knowledge in deliberation. Contemporary Politics 2006, 12(3-4), 287-300.
- Bell DR, Dobson A. Environmental Citizenship: Getting from Here to There. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT Press, 2006.
- Bell DR. Environmental learning, metaphors and natural capital. Environmental Education Research 2005, 11(1), 53-69.
- Bell DR. Liberal environmental citizenship. In: General Sessions of the European Consortium of Political Research. 2005, Uppsala, Sweden: Environmental Politics: Routledge.
- Gray TS, Haggett C, Bell DR. Offshore wind farms and commercial fisheries in the UK: A study in stakeholder consultation. Ethics, Place and Environment 2005, 8(2), 127-140.
- Bell DR, Gray TS, Haggett C. The 'social gap' in wind farm siting decisions: Explanations and policy responses. Environmental Politics 2005, 14(4), 460-477.
- Bell DR. Creating green citizens? Political liberalism and environmental education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 2004, 38(1), 37-53.
- Bell DR. Environmental justice and Rawls' difference principle. Environmental Ethics 2004, 26(3), 287-306.
- Bell DR. Environmental Refugees: What Rights? Which Duties?. Res Publica 2004, 10(2), 135-152.
- Bell DR. Sustainability through Democratization? The Aarhus Convention and the Future of Environmental Decision-Making in Europe. In: Barry J, Baxter B; Dunphy R, ed. Europe, Globalisation and Sustainable Development. London: Routledge, 2004, pp.94-112.
- Bell DR. Rawls and research on cognitively impaired patients: A reply to Maio. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2003, 24(5), 381-393.
- Bell DR. How can political liberals be environmentalists?. Political Studies 2002, 50(4), 703-724.
- Bell DR, Gray TS. The Ambiguous Role of the Environment Agency in England and Wales. Environmental Politics 2002, 11(3), 76-98.