Professor David Bell


My interests span critical human geography and cultural studies, and include cultural policy, urban and rural cultures, consumption and lifestyle, science and technology, and sexuality. Often in my work I try to bring these different interests into productive contact. I am currently working on a number of publications and developing research projects on hospitality and the city, cosmetic surgery tourism, and cultural policy.

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Geographies of sexualities
  • Cultural policy
  • Food & drink
  • Hospitality & space
  • Media geographies
  • Urban activism
  • Art & geography

 I am a member of the Centre for Cultural Policy and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, University of Birmingham
  • MPhil, CNAA, Staffordshire University
  • BSc, Geography and Geology, Keele University

Student education

I currently teach on all levels of the BA (Hons) Geography programme

Current research students

  • Marie-Avril Berthet -- nightlife and experimentation
  • Alex Miller -- clutter and home
  • Zac Taylor -- financialization of risk
  • Junfan Lin -- Hakka food and identity
  • Annie Connelly -- children's experiences of food insecurity
  • Asa Roat -- urban modernity in Chongqing
  • Leon Tellez -- marker traders in Mexico City
  • Mark Ball -- cultural participation in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Clare Martynski -- transformative encounters with  environmental art

Research groups and institutes

  • Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship
  • Sustainable Cities

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>