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Dr Simon Bell

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Estonian University of Life Sciences
Landscape change, landscape perception and the Latvian countryside
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science, University of Wales

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, FICFor
Chartered Landscape Architect, CMLI

Visiting and Research Positions

Visiting Professor, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Visiting Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology

Visiting lecturer, Akdeniz University, Turkey; Aalto University, Finland; Hame University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Collaborative Activity

Le:Notre III Project (www.le-notre.org)

Cost Action TU1201 Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

Cost Action FP1204 Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry

Cost Action IS1204 ToBeWell


Was a landscape architect with the Forestry Commission for 20 years before joining ECA at the end of 1999. Also works as a landscape consultant in the UK and internationally, specialising in forest landscape planning and design projects and recreation planning and design.

President of European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) from 2012 (www.eclas.org)

Editorial Board of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening

Editorial Board of Ecological Indicators

Editorial Board of Journal of Recreation and Tourism

Research Groups

OPENspace Research Centre: www.openspace.eca.ac.uk


Courses taught: Reading the landscape; Landscape planning and ecology; Portfolio project:Rural study

Research students

Montasir Alabdullah: making streets in Saudi cities more pedestrian friendly

Omar Mohammed: Contemporary monuments in the landscape

Caroline Stanton: Scale and perception of wind turbines in the landscape

Francisca Lima: Public space in shrinking cities: the case of Lisbon

Aikaterina Mitka: tourism landscape futures in Greece post-crisis

Azlina Aziz: Blind people and their use of public space in Malaysia

Rick le Brasseur: urban sprawl and landscape

Matluba Khan: Design for outdoor education in Bangladechi elementary schools

Ziwen Sun: Walkability in contemporary Chinese cities

Research Interests

Outdoor recreation planning and design

Urban development and quality of life

Landscape and health

Research activities & awards

  1. ECLAS annual conference Greenwich

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Lecture on EMiLA summer school

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Presentation in seminar

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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