Dr Stephen Bell

Visiting Fellow
BA, MA, PhD
Centre for Social Research in Health

Contact

+61 2 93856408
Kensington Campus
Fields: Health Promotion, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Public Health and Health Services, Gender, Sexuality and Education, Other Studies in Human Society
Tags: Behaviour and Health, Health Education and Promotion, Gender and Sexualities

Research

Stephen Bell is a Senior Research Fellow with the Public Health Interventions Research Group, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program, in the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. He is a social scientist who has led in-depth qualitative studies with a focus on sexual, reproductive and other public health issues, conducted in partnership with young people and other marginalised populations in a variety of settings in Africa, Asia, Pacific-Asia, Europe and Australia for over 15 years. His current work focuses on the sexual and reproductive health of young Indigenous people in remote settings in Central Australia, and HIV prevention, testing and treatment in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Stephen’s research career has been split between academic institutions and research consultancy organisations in the UK and Australia. He is particularly interested in the theoretical, empirical and applied studies in youth sexual and reproductive health, and in qualitative and participatory approaches to planning, program development and evaluation. His work explores how rigorous research using qualitative and ethnographic principles can enable practitioners and service providers to strengthen the delivery of sexual health programs, and develop peer-led research programmes to facilitate the design of culturally and socially attuned health services and programs.

Qualifications: BA Hons, MA, PhD

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Bell S;Aggleton P, 2016, 'Interpretive and ethnographic perspectives: Alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluation practice', in Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Social Development: Interpretive and Ethnographic Perspectives, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315730592
    • Punch S;Bell S;Costello L;Panelli R, 2007, 'Power and place for rural young people', in Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives, pp. 205 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203942222
    • Punch S;Bell SA;Costello L;Panelli R, 2007, 'Power and place for rural young people', in Panelli R; Punch S; Robson E (ed.), Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives, edn. 1st, Routledge Press, New York, pp. 205 - 218
    • Bell SA, 2007, '"The child drums and the elder dances?" Girlfriends and boyfriends negotiating power relations in rural Uganda', in Panelli R; Punch S; Robson E (ed.), Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth: Young Rural Lives, edn. 1st, Routledge Press, New York, pp. 102 - 114

    Journal articles

    • Bell S;Casabona J;Tsereteli N;Raben D;de Wit J, 2017, 'HIV pre-test practices: an online survey examining perceptions of informed consent and pre-test information delivery in health care settings across the WHO European Region', International Journal of STD and AIDS, vol. 28, pp. 558 - 563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956462416636314
    • Bell S;Aggleton P;Ward J;Maher L, 2017, 'Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: a scoping review of young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 20, pp. 1208 - 1224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2017.1317088
    • Bell S;Aggleton P;Slavin S, 2016, 'Negotiating trust and struggling for control: everyday narratives of unwanted disclosure of HIV status among people with HIV in Australia', Health Sociology Review, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1271282
    • Bell S;Casabona J;Tsereteli N;Raben D;De Wit J, 2016, 'HIV post-test practices: An online survey examining perceived delivery of HIV test results, post-test discussion and referral in healthcare settings across the WHO European Region', Sexual Health, vol. 13, pp. 205 - 212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15186
    • Bell SA;Delpech V;Raben D;Casabona J;Tsereteli N;de Wit J, 2016, 'HIV pre-test information, discussion or counselling? A review of guidance relevant to the WHO European Region', International Journal of STD and AIDS, vol. 27, pp. 97 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956462415584468
    • Bell SA;Delpech V;Casabona J;Tsereteli N;de Wit J, 2015, 'Delivery of HIV test results, post-test discussion and referral in health care settings: A review of guidance for European countries', HIV Medicine, vol. 16, pp. 620 - 627, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hiv.12278
    • Bell SA;Aggleton P, 2014, 'Economic vulnerability and young people's sexual relationships in rural Uganda', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 17, pp. 814 - 828, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2013.878797
    • Aggleton P;Bell SA;Kelly-Hanku A, 2014, ''Mobile men with money': HIV prevention and the erasure of difference', Global Public Health, vol. 9, pp. 257 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2014.889736
    • Bell S;Aggleton P, 2013, 'Social influences on young people's sexual health in Uganda', Health Education, vol. 113, pp. 102 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09654281311298795
    • Bell SA, 2012, 'Young people and sexual agency in rural Uganda', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 14, pp. 283 - 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2011.635808
    • Bell SA;Aggleton P, 2012, 'Integrating ethnographic principles in ngo monitoring and impact evaluation', Journal of International Development, vol. 24, pp. 795 - 807, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.2868
    • Bell SA;Aggleton P, 2012, 'Time to invest in a 'counterpublic health' approach: Promoting sexual health amongst sexually active young people in rural Uganda', Children's Geographies, vol. 10, pp. 385 - 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2012.726066
    • Bell S;Payne R, 2009, 'Young people as agents in development processes: Reconsidering perspectives for development geography', Third World Quarterly, vol. 30, pp. 1027 - 1044, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590902959297

    Conference Papers

    • Bell SA, 2015, 'Working from young people’s ‘local knowledge’ – towards a new agenda for sexual health research', in Working from young people’s ‘local knowledge’ – towards a new agenda for sexual health research, Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference, Brisbane, presented at Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference, Brisbane, 14 - 18 September 2015
    • Bell SA;de wit, 2015, 'HIV testing and counselling - survey results from a European survey', in HIV testing and counselling - survey results from a European survey, HepHIV2014, Barcelona, Spain, presented at HepHIV2014, Barcelona, Spain, 05 - 07 October 2014
    • Bell SA;de wit, 2014, 'Health service-based HIV testing and counselling: a review of European guidelines', in Health service-based HIV testing and counselling: a review of European guidelines, HepHIV2014 Conference, Barcelona, Spain, presented at HepHIV2014 Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 05 - 07 October 2014
    • Bell SA, 2012, 'Integrating ethnographic principles in NGO monitoring and impact evaluation', in Integrating ethnographic principles in NGO monitoring and impact evaluation, Development Studies Association/European Association of Development Research and Training Institute Annual Conference, York, UK, presented at Development Studies Association/European Association of Development Research and Training Institute Annual Conference, York, UK, 19 - 22 September 2011
    • Bell SA, 2010, 'Complex conversations: new approaches in social marketing research for Tower Hamlets NHS, London, UK', in Complex conversations: new approaches in social marketing research for Tower Hamlets NHS, London, UK, Research 2010: the annual conference, London, UK, presented at Research 2010: the annual conference, London, UK, 23 - 24 March 2010
    • Bell SA, 2009, 'Examining the use of peer research and ethnography: understanding the barriers to the uptake of cervical screening services in Tower Hamlets, London, UK', in Examining the use of peer research and ethnography: understanding the barriers to the uptake of cervical screening services in Tower Hamlets, London, UK, The Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, presented at The Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 03 - 04 June 2009
    • Bell S, 2007, ''The child drums and the elder dances'? Girlfriends and boyfriends negotiating power relations in rural Uganda', in Panelli R; Punch S; Robson E (eds.), GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON RURAL CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH: YOUNG RURAL LIVES, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 179 - 191
    • Bell SA, 2006, 'Examining the empowering potential of NGOs working with young rural Ugandans: HIV/AIDS and sexual health', in Examining the empowering potential of NGOs working with young rural Ugandans: HIV/AIDS and sexual health, African Seminar Series, Centre of African Studies, University of London, UK, presented at African Seminar Series, Centre of African Studies, University of London, UK, 16 November 2006

    Reports

    • Bell SA;Edmonds R, 2017, A technical note on participatory research with children., Consortium for Street Children
    • Bell SA;De wit J, 2016, Delivery of HIV pre-test information, CSRH, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/Delivery_of_HIV_pretest_information.pdf
    • Bell SA;De wit J, 2016, Delivery of test results, post-test discussion and referral in health care settings, CSRH, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/Delivery_of_HIV_test_results_posttest_discussion_and_referral_in_health_care_settings.pdf
    • Bell SA;de wit J, 2016, HIV post-test practices, CSRH, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/HIV_posttest_practices.pdf
    • Bell SA;De wit J, 2016, HIV pre-test practices, CSRH, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/HIV_pretest_practices.pdf
    • Bell SA;Edmonds R, 2016, A technical note on ‘agency in practice’
    • Bell S;De Wit J, 2016, HIV Testing Services: Analysis of guidelines and perceptions of practice across the WHO European Region. Summary Report., https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/HIV_Testing_Services_Summary_Report.pdf
    • Bell S;Treloar C, 2014, Evidence-based practice in HIV, STI and Viral hepatitis health promotion and Aboriginal community engagement, CSRH, UNSW Sydney
    • Bell SA, 2013, Voices from the community: access to health services. A rapid Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) study, Nepal., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Review of literature – maternal and reproductive health in Pakistan., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Review of literature – maternal and reproductive health in Bangladesh, Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Review of literature – maternal and reproductive health in Zimbabwe, Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Review of literature – maternal and reproductive health in India., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Review of literature – maternal and reproductive health in Zambia., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Prevention of maternal death from unwanted pregnancy. PEER Research to improve reproductive health services in Solwezi, North Western Province, Zambia., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, PEER Research to improve reproductive health services in rural Bhopal, India, Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA;Grellier R;Rowland P, 2013, Revising facility health committee training on the drug revolving fund for sustainable drug supply., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2013, Demand side financing and coping strategies for institutional delivery in Nepal, Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA;Brown E, 2013, The FGM Initiative. Summary of PEER Research, Endline Phase 1., Options Consultancy Services Limited, London, UK
    • Bell SA, 2012, Counterpublic health programming with sexually active young people, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    • Bell SA, 2012, Young people and sexual agency in rural Uganda., Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    • Bell SA, 2012, Using ethnography in monitoring and impact evaluation – a new approach, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    • Bell SA, 2012, Social influences on young people’s sexual health in Uganda, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    • Bell SA;Edmonds R, 2011, PEER Research: A State of the Nation report about girls in Rwanda., Restless Development, London, UK

    Conference Presentations

    • Bell SA, 2017, 'Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health', presented at HARP Forum 2017, 04 - 05 October 2017
    • Bell SA, 2017, 'Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health', presented at 2017 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra, 05 - 09 November 2017
    • Bell SA;Aggleton P, 2015, 'Working from young people’s ‘local knowledge’ – towards a new agenda for sexual health research', presented at Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 14 - 18 September 2015, https://www.eiseverywhere.com/file_uploads/ec6d0ba5630dec0de9f57e053cdef134_StephenBell_Updated.pdf
    • Bell SA, 2014, 'Extending bio-medical sexual health and safe motherhood interventions to young women in developing country contexts – challenges and opportunities', presented at CSRH HHARD Conference, Sydney, 20 - 21 February 2014
    • Bell SA, 2014, 'Working from young Australians say and do: toward a new agenda of sexual health research with young people', presented at NSW HARP Program Forum, Sydney, 30 - 31 October 2014
    • Bell SA, 2005, 'Young rural lives: reflections on agency, and power relations and processes', presented at Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, 01 September 2005

Honours and prizes

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (2009) Exploring empowerment in rural Uganda: young people, sexual health and NGOs,
    Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • MA in Environment & Development, with Distinction (2003) Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • BA in Human Geography, with Upper 2nd Class Honours (2000) Department of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Awards

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex, UK
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Studentship (2003-07), Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • Royal Holloway College Studentship (2002-03), Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • ‘Alan Mountjoy Prize 2003’ for the best independent dissertation on the social and economic geography of developing countries, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

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