Assistant Professor of Public Administration and PolicyFaculty Fellow, Center for International Trade and Security

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Emily V. Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. Her research examines local and regional environmental governance, focusing on coordination, policy learning, and collaborative processes. A key component of her work involves descriptive and inferential social network analysis to learn how stakeholders of water policy and management mitigate hazards of natural disasters such as flooding and drought. Dr. Bell has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (2018) where she conducted research on urban water security in semi-arid climates. Currently, she is leading work that assesses vulnerability of community water systems and municipal adaptation to pressures of sea-level rise, extreme weather events, and urbanization.


PhD | University of Arizona / School of Government and Public Policy | 2018 | Public Policy and Management

MPA | University of Arizona / School of Government and Public Policy | 2013

MA | University of Arizona / College of Social and Behavioral Sciences | 2013 | Latin American Studies

BA | University of Tennessee / College of Arts and Sciences | Latin American Studies| 2008

Areas of Expertise

Policy Process
Collaborative Governance


Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Southern Political Science Association

Research Interests

Coordination Networks
Policy-oriented Learning
Policy Innovation
Collaborative Arrangements and Processes
Natural Disasters
Water Governance