Assistant Professor of Public Administration and PolicyFaculty Fellow, Center for International Trade and SecurityAffiliate, UGA River Basin Center

Curriculum Vitae

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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 work examines cognition and representation in the policy process and collaborative governance. Dr. Bell focuses, specifically, on local and regional water- and energy-related decision-making processes to build theory and develop new knowledge for actors collectively navigating uncertainty and complexity in planning, management, and policy innovation. With current projects in the US and Latin America, she is examining barriers to substantive representation in collaborative regional water planning, as well as innovative efforts to advance groundwater and soil remediation on Tribal land impacted by nuclear legacy waste.

  • PhD, University of Arizona, Public Policy and Management, 2018
  • MPA, University of Arizona, 2013
  • MA, University of Arizona, Latin American Studies, 2013
  • BA, University of Tennessee, Latin American Studies, 2008
Areas of Expertise
  • Policy Process
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Cognition
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Water
  • Energy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Best MPA Professor of the Year Award, 2021 and 2023
  • UGA Student Career Success Influence Award, 2022
  • 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

Selected Publications

Emily V. Bell and Bruno Puga. (forthcoming).“Water Governance in the Brazilian Pantanal Conservation
Area: Challenges and Lessons for Sustainability.” UNESCO Blue Papers: Valuing Water and Culture.

Emily V. Bell, Katy Hansen, and Megan Mullin. (forthcoming).“Holistically Assessing US Drinking Wa-
ter System Performance and Capacity for State Oversight.” Journal of American Water Works Association.