Stirling academic lands senior Royal Society role

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David Bell, Professor of Economics - who has been an RSE Fellow since 2002 - will serve on the RSE's Council during the 2017/2018 session, starting next April.

Professor David Bell

Professor David Bell.

The RSE Council consists of Fellows who are appointed annually by their peers through an election ballot.  Its members are responsible for the governance of the Society and for overseeing the work of the Executive Committee and Standing Committees.


Professor Bell said: “I am delighted to be elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. It is a tremendous honour to be chosen to represent this internationally-renowned organisation, which provides public benefit throughout Scotland.”

Professor Bell joined the University in 1990, specialising in labour economics and fiscal federalism. During this time, he has provided advice to the Scottish, Westminster and Irish Governments, including acting as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for its investigation into the Financing of Devolution.

He has also appeared several times as a witness at the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, and is regularly consulted by the media for his views on issues such as youth unemployment, constitutional change, education policy and long-term care.