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, in particular exploring participatory research that can better serve communities. I received my PhD from the University at Buffalo in 2021, where my research examined fairness and justice in nuclear waste siting in Canada through an energy justice lens to evaluate how policy translates to process. Prior to pursuing graduate school in the US, I completed a BA in Geography in my home town at King's College London. 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 and informing 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.