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Gemma Bell

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  • How to make urban environments “runnable” for everyone

Gemma is a doctoral researcher in the REP department at HBS and is currently focusing on investigating the connections between urban spaces, physical exercise (particularly running), and mental wellbeing. Her passion for running and keen interest in how people use their local environments were the impetus for her research and she hopes her work will have a positive impact on (re)designing urban places in England.

Areas of academic interest

Urban Planning in the UK, Sustainable Development, Physical and Mental Wellbeing


  • Geography BA from Exeter University
  • MSc Development Planning from Reading University

Research grants

HBS Studentship