Geography and Environment


Professor Morag Bell D.Phil. (Oxford)

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Professor of Cultural Geography

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching (2003 – 2016)

Professor of Cultural Geography (1999)

Oxford University, D.Phil. 

Oxford University, Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Nottingham University, BA (Hons) Geography

My research and teaching interests focus on the cultural dynamics of international North/South relations since the late nineteenth century.  These interests have evolved from work on population mobility and environmental change in eastern and southern Africa. They have been expanded by doctoral students and through projects funded by agencies including the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, Department for International Development, British Society for the History of Science, and Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine.

A central theme running through my work is the links between international mobility, concepts of risk and networks of knowledge.  Early research on the Carnegie Corporation in the United States and South Africa examined the relations between international philanthropy and the changing nature of western cultural power at key moments during the twentieth century.  More recently, collaborative work has explored the ways in which the mobility of communicable and non-communicable diseases between countries of the North and South influence representations of risk and policy debates relating to border control.  Current work has returned to questions of international gift-giving with a focus on cultures of philanthropy within higher education in Africa.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor for thirteen years, I had strategic responsibility for the quality and standards of undergraduate and taught postgraduate education across the University.

I have contributed to taught modules on international North/South relations and am committed to research informed practice.  I participate in postgraduate project supervision and act as an independent reviewer in discipline areas beyond geography as part of the University’s PhD review process.

Recent postgraduate research students

Hao Gu (2015): Studentification in China: a comparative international perspective. (with D.P. Smith).

Jasmine Harvey (2009): Cyber and cellular cultures in the Gambia: Socio-spatial perspectives on globalisation, development and the digital divide (with S.L. Holloway).

Warren, A, Hoyler, M, Bell, M (2016) From ‘shadowy cabal’ to new profession: Networks of cooperation and competition in UK Higher Education fundraisingEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34, pp.837-854, DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15614681.

Warren, A, Hoyler, M, Bell, M (2014) Strategic cultures of philanthropy: English universities and the changing geographies of givingGeoforum, 55, pp.133-142, ISSN: 0016-7185. DOI:10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.06.006.

Warren, A and Bell, M (2013) Knowledge Nodes and International Networks of Connection: Representations of private philanthropy and international Higher Education Institutions, Social and Cultural Geography, 15, pp.49-72, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2013.862845.

Bell, M, Warren, A, Budd, L (2012) Scales of governance: The role of surveillance in facilitating new diplomacy during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemicHealth and Place, ISSN: 1353-8292. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.07.005.

Warren, A, Bell, M, Budd, L (2012) Model of health? Distributed preparedness and multi-agency interventions surrounding UK regional airportsSocial science and Medicine, 74(2), pp.220-227, ISSN: 0277-9536. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.10.011.

Budd, LCS, Bell, M, Warren, AP (2011) Maintaining the sanitary border: Air transport liberalisation and health security practices at UK regional airportsTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36(2), pp.268-279, ISSN: 0020-2754. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2010.00424.x.

Brown, T and Bell, M (2008) Imperial or postcolonial governance? Dissecting the genealogy of a global public health strategySocial and Science and Medicine, 67(10), pp.1571-1579, ISSN: 0277-9536.

Bell, M (2002) Inquiring minds and postcolonial devices: examining poverty at a distance,Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 92(3), pp.507-523, ISSN: 0004-5608. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8306.00302.