Stuart James Bell

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Type of addressPostal address
Postal codeYO10 5DD
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Vice Chancellor's Office
    University of York
    YO10 5DD

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Prof. Stuart James Bell

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences


I am a Barrister and originally pursued an academic career in research and learning and teaching alongside a private practice.  I have held academic posts at various universities in England and was first appointed as a Professor in 1998.  In 2007, I was fortunate enough to have been appointed as the first Chair in Law and the founding Head of the Law School at York and have subsequently spent my time working hard with others to establish York Law School. 

As Dean of Faculty, I support all of the Departments, Research Centres and Inter-Departmental Centres in the Social Sciences.  In my capacity as a member of York Law School, I lead a module on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Undergraduates and Postgraduates and also supervise postgraduate students.  In research, I am a participant in a number of multi-disciplinary research projects, the latest of which is related to the legal aspects of carbon capture and storage.  

Research interests

I specialise in the regulation of environmental protection with particular interests in nature conservation and enforcement.  I also have an interest in the legal profession (particularly in relation to professional values and ethics) and legal education.