Marissa Bell

Human-Environment Geographer

Energy Justice Scholar

Nuclear Waste Researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, in the Department of Communication, where I study community-engaged research and decision-making. I received my PhD from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York) in 2021. In my doctoral research, I examined fairness and justice in nuclear waste siting in Canada through an energy justice lens to evaluate how policy translates to process. I have broad training in human geography, combining diverse experience in environmental justice, economic geography, and science and technology studies, with enthusiasm for facilitating community well-being within dynamic and challenging contexts. My work engages approaches from energy geography, environmental governance, and environmental justice to critically analyze energy infrastructure and inform public policy debates over community involvement in infrastructure decision-making. Previously held positions include a research fellowship at the International Institute of Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, where I conducted research on the political economy of US nuclear waste management. My work has been funded by a range of organizations including the American Association of University Women, the American Association of Geographers, the Society of Women Geographers, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. I am committed to a career path that combines academic and policy-relevant work to support more equitable and sustainable policies in energy justice issues. Along these lines, I've been invited to participate in a number of panels, workshops, and guest lectures ranging from the MacArthur Foundation-funded Harvard Science and Technology Studies Summer School, the US Department of Energy-funded workshop on advanced nuclear activities, to invited lectures at the University of Michigan and the University of Tampere, Finland.

Geography doesn't just define me as a scholar, but extends into my personal passions. Despite growing up as a city girl (mostly) in London, UK, I've developed an appreciation for nature. When not furthering my research interests, I can be found running and hiking, mostly in one of upstate New York's gorgeous state parks. I have a profound love for international cultures, I enjoy cooking diverse cuisines, and have traveled extensively across Europe, North America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.