Stephen Bell joined Ecologic Institute from October 2016 until September 2017 as a Transatlantic Fellow. His research interests included soil contamination and remediation, renewable energy, climate change and soil and agricultural policy. He is a native English speaker and has a working knowledge of German.
At Ecologic Institute, Stephen Bell worked on the project Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care (RECARE), funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Specifically, he supported Ecologic Institute in delivering an integrated impact assessment of European and national soil and land use-related policies and providing recommendations for improving policy coherence and synergies. Stephen Bell was also involved with the project Updated Inventory and Assessment of Soil Protection Policy Instruments in EU Member States which aims to review and categorize existing soil policy instruments in the EU in order to identify gaps in soil protection and support further policy action.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Stephen Bell worked as a researcher at the Austrian Institute of Technology where he conducted soil and biochar laboratory batch experiments as part of the federally funded project Copper stabilization in vineyard soils (KUSTAW). He performed full chemical and physical characterizations of soil samples and explored the copper immobilization potential of a wood-based biochar. Most recently, Stephen Bell worked at the Ontario Co-operative Association, the provincial trade association of co-operative businesses and credit unions, as the Director of the Co-operative Young Leaders youth education and leadership development program. He has also held several positions within the outdoor education system of the Toronto District School Board.
Stephen Bell has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Master of Science (MSc) in International Environmental Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has been a visiting student at the University of Oslo and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria) where he completed his master's thesis work in soil science.