Patrick (PJ) Bell is a graduate of the M.A. Planning program at the School of Community and Regional Planning interested in ecological and natural resource planning, active transportation, and sustainable urban environments. He was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Regina. During his studies, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, assisting with a project that models climate impacts on Prairie environments in order to inform new management strategies that will ensure the sustainability of these resources for future generations. Upon graduation, PJ worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on the Drought Watch program, which monitors the agroclimate impacts of drought across Canada. During the 2015 summer, PJ worked for the City of Vancouver as a member of the Greenest City Scholars Program, a collaboration between the University of British Columbia’s Sustainability Initiative and the City of Vancouver. His research focused on improving the supply of all ages and abilities bicycle parking for Vancouver residents. The report, titled "Coming to a Stop: All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Parking in New and Existing Development," can be viewed at the link above. PJ's Master's project was to determine the effect of logging on water quality and quantity in the China Creek Community Watershed, which provides water for Port Alberni, British Columbia. Residents there have recently noticed turbidity in their drinking water supplies and are concerned that the logging of old growth forest within and around the watershed is contributing to this issue. The project analyzed this issue while examining land management strategies that could protect Port Alberni’s water supply from future impacts.
Bio and CV
Bell, Patrick. "Coming to a Stop: All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Parking in New and Existing Development." City of Vancouver Greenest City Scholars research project. Mentor: Paul Krueger.
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (April 2015)
- Undergraduate Student Research Award – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (May 2013)
- Academic Gold Prize – University of Regin (May 2013)
- Plan 502 – Intro to Planning Theory and History
- Plan 504 – Ecological Context of Planning
- Plan 506 – The Legal Context of Planning
- Plan 515 – Planning Research: Qualitative Methods & Research Design
- Plan 517 – Theory and Methods of Urban Design
- Plan 519A – Internship
- Plan 540A – Omnibus: Becoming a Good Sustainability Planning Practitioner
- Plan 542 – Planning Practice - City Planning as a Craft
- Plan 547C – Project
- Plan 548E – Research Design and Quantitative Data Collection
- Plan 548G – Intro to Quantitative Data Analysis
- Plan 548I – Quantitative Tools for Planners
- Plan 561 – Urban Development Market and Financial Analysis
- Plan 580 – Intro to Transportation
- Plan 583 – Housing Policy
- Plan 587A – Urban Design
- Plan 587B – Urban Design: Introductory Studio
- Plan 590A – Land Use and Environmental Policy
- Plan 590B – Plan Creation, Implementation and Evaluation
- Plan 595 – Negotiation, Facilitation and Mediation: Principles and Practices
- Plan 599 – Environmental Policy Analysis
- Soil 516 – Urban Watershed Management
- Agroclimate Data Analyst – Drought Watch Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2013 – 2014)
- Worked on drought reporting and prediction methods for diverse Canadian regions; used ArcGIS to analyze and update the national monthly drought map; co-wrote and edited various articles, seasonal reports, operation manuals, and briefings; facilitated negotiations with contractors; and trained incoming staff.
- Research Assistant – Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Regina (2013)
- Assisted with data collection for a project that models climate impacts on Prairie environments in order to inform new management strategies that will ensure the sustainability of these resources for future generations. Conducted independent research projects requiring project planning, data collection, statistical and GIS data analyses, and literature research.
Greenest City Scholar – Engineering Services, City of Vancouver (2015): Conducted research on off-street, residential bicycle parking in multifamily buildings in Vancouver. Research included a literature review, survey, and analysis of Vancouver’s parking bylaw, with a particular focus on the creation of a retrofit program for existing buildings. The recommendations in this report are ultimately intended to further the City’s goal of providing safe, comfortable, and convenient bicycle parking for people of all ages and abilities (AAA). The report, titled "Coming to a Stop: All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Parking in New and Existing Development," can be viewed at the link above.