Professor Sarah Bell

City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation


Professor Sarah Bell is the City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2021 following 16 years at University College London.

Her research addresses community engagement with infrastructure, with a special interest in urban water systems. Her scholarly work draws on the social sciences to better understand how people, technologies and nature interact to create urban systems, and her research on urban sustainability and resilience puts communities at the heart of design and decision-making.

Sarah is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (UK). Her PhD in Sustainability and Technology Policy is from Murdoch University and she studied Environmental Engineering and Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Western Australia. She has a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of New England.

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