Full Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, Saskatchewan

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University


B.Ed., University of British Columbia, 1991, Department of Education, Physical Education

M.Sc., University of California, Santa Barbra, 1996, Department of Geography, GIScience

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbra, 2000, Department of Geography, GIScience & Cognitive Science


T. Wei and S. Bell (2012, in press). Impact of indoor location information reliability on users’ trust of an indoor positioning system. GIScience 2012 (15 pp).
M. Hashemian, D. Knowles, J. Calver, W. Qian, M. C. Bullock, N. Osgood, K. Stanley, S. Bell, and R. L. Mandryk, (2012). iEpi: An End to End Solution for Collecting, Conditioning and Utilizing Epidemiologically Relevant Data, MobiHoc Workshop 2012 (6 pp).
S. Bell, K. Wilson, L. Bissonnette, and T. I. Shah (2012, in press). Access to primary health care: Does neighborhood of residence matter, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, DOI 10.1080/00045608.2012.685050 (23 pp)
S. Bell, K. Wilson, T. I. Shah, S. Gersher, and T. Elliot (2012). Investigating impacts of positional error on potential health care accessibility, Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology, 3(1), 17-29.
D. W. Harrington, K. Wilson, S. Bell, N. Muhajarine, and J. Ruthart (2012). Realizing neighbourhood potential? The role of the availability of health care services on contact with a primary care physician, Health and Place, 18(4), 814-823.
L. Bissonnette, K. W. Wilson, S. Bell, and T. I. Shah (2012). Neighbourhoods and potential access to health care: The role of spatial and aspatial factors. Health and Place, 18(4), 841-853. NEW

S. Bell and J. Patrick, 2011. Scale and the Environment, In D. McGrane (ed), Saskatchewan Public Policy, 153-167, Regina, CPRC Press. NEW
T. I. Shah and S. Bell, (2011). School mapping in education micro-planning: a case study of Union Council Chak 84/15L, District Khanewal, Pakistan. Prairie Perspectives, Geographical Essays, 14, 1-9. NEW
S. Bell, T. Wei, and W. Jung, (2011). A conceptual model of trust for indoor positioning systems, ISA 2011, ACM (7-14). NEW
T. Wei and S. Bell, 2011. Indoor Localization method comparison: Fingerprinting and Trilateration, Spatial Knowledge and Information – Canada, 2011 (66-68)
W. Jung and S. Bell, 2011. What Difference in WiFi-Based Positioning Services? Spatial Knowledge and Information – Canada, 2011 (69-71).
S. Bell and R. li, 2011. “ Directional Estimates and Route Sketching: What Differentiates and What Predicts?” An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding and Processing Sketch Maps, Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGIPrints)
S. Bell and J. Archibald 2011. “Sketch Mapping and Geographic Knowledge: What Role for Drawing Ability?” An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding and Processing Sketch Maps, Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGIPrints)

S. Bell 2010. Cognitive Maps. In Vilaynur S. Ramachandran (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition, London: Elsevier. NEW
Vivier, P. M., M. Hauptman, S. H. Weitzen, S. Bell, D. N. Quinlan, J. R. Logan 2010. The Important Health Impact of Where a Child Lives: Neighborhood characteristics and the Burden of Lead Poisoning, Maternal and Child Health Journal.
S. Bell, W. Rak Jung, V. Krishnakumar, 2010. Enhanced Position Systems: Accuracy through mapping, calibration, and classification, ISA 2010, ACM.
S. Bell and K. Vijayan, 2010. iPhone Application for Collecting Pointing Task Data. Workshop on Emerging Methods for Studying the Use of Spatial Technologies, GIScience 2010.
W. Jung and S. Bell, 2010. Mapping of WLAN coverage at the University of Saskatchewan: Validating alternative uses of WiFi for indoor environments, Commission I, WG I/5 (Integrated Systems for Sensor Georeferencing and Navigation), Canadian Geomatics Society, Calgary AB.
W. Jung, S. Bell, and K. Vijayan, 2010. Developing software-based mobile application for enhanced position system based on WiFi technology, GEOIDE Poster Showcase,

S. Bell 2009. Children’s Geography, In Warf, B. (ed.), Dictionary of Human Geography NEW

A.J Griffin, Bell, >S., 2009.  Application of signal detection theory to geographic information science, Cartographica, 44, 3, 145- 158.

Bell, S. 2009. Experimental Design. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 3, pp. 672-675. Oxford: Elsevier.
Bell, S. 2009. Mental Maps. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 7, pp. 70-75. Oxford: Elsevier.
R. Li and S. Bell, 2009. Is acquisition of spaital knowledge incremental? Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada 2009.
A. Govind and S. Bell, 2009. Spatio-temporal mapping of vegetative types in the Canadian Mixed Prairie, Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada 2009.
Bissonette, L. Bell, S. and K. Wilson, 2009. Examining Access to Health Care at the Neighbourhood Level,  Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada 2009.
S. Bell and J. Iong, 2009. Sketch mapping and geographic knowledge: What role for drawing ability. Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada 2009.

Bell,S. and J. Logan, 2008. Distributed Research and Scientific Creativity, in Michael Peterson (ed), International Perspectives on Internet Mapping II, 207-218, New York, Springer.
M. Hauptman, S. Bell, S. Weitzen, R. Canderslice, J. Logan, and P.Vivier, 2008. Geographic Distribution of the Burden of Lead Poisoning: Using Spatial Analysis to Identify High Risk Areas Geographic, 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.
S. Bell, 2008. Mapping and Managing Distributed Spatial Data. Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada, 2008.
A. Govind and S. Bell, 2008. Spectral Characteristics and Landscape-Level Mapping of Selected Shrub Types in the Canadian Mixed Prairie. Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada, 2008.

Bell, S., 2007. Frames of Reference, Research in Geographic Education, 9, 2, 29-34.

Bell, S., 2006. Developing GIScience and GIS skills in the Humanities and Social and Medical Sciences, GIScience 2006, 229-232.


R. Gabrys Alexson, C. Kemnitz, S. Bell, and S. Hardwick, 2005. Embarking on collaborative research in geographic education, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 14, 3, 202-210.
Bell, S., 2005. Scale in Children’s Experience with the Environment, In Chris Spencer and Mark Blades, Children and Their Environments: Learning, Using, and Designing Spaces,13-25, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Bell, S. and A.J. Goodall, 2004. Cognition, the environment, and shortcutting: Implications for navigation system support, GIScience 2004, 20-23.
Bell, S. and S. Freundschuh, 2004. The changing face of atlases, Cartographic Perspectives, 44, 1-4 (guest editor).
R. Kennedy, S. Bell, and D. Martz, 2004. Spatializing Rural Communities’ Sense of Place, Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, 7, 71-81
Bell, S., 2004. Coordinating Children’s Spatial Knowledge, Research in Geographic Education, 3, 1, 82-85
Bell, S. and D. Saucier, 2004. Relationship between Environmental Pointing Accuracy, Mental Rotation and Testosterone, Environment and Behavior, 36, 2, 251-265.
Bell, S. and M. Reed, 2004. Adapting to the Machine: Integrating GIS into Qualitative Research, Cartographica, 39, 1, 55-66.
Bell, S. 2004. How do developing minds use representations of space? WorldMinds, Geographic Perspectives on 100 Problems, 585-588.
M. Solem, S. Bell, E. Fournier, C. Gillespie, M. Lewitsky, and H. Lockton, 2003. Promoting International Teaching and Learning on the Worldwide Web, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 27, 2, 239-253.
S. Bell and M. Reed, 2003. A Typology of Property Regimes for Environmental Protection, 5th International Symposium of the Institute of Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental Health (Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities).

Saucier, D., MacFadden, A., Elias, L. and S. Bell, 2002. Sex differences in real-world navigation may relate to disorientation and endogenous testosterone levels. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Abstracts, 105.