Professor Simon Bell is a Forester and Landscape Architect and currently head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

His research interests include landscapes and wellbeing, and outdoor recreation in wild or natural landscapes.

Simon is leading the Estonian University of Life Sciences contribution to BlueHealth and is leading the planning and design research area, as well being involved in several other areas.

He is contributing to the implementation of several small-scale projects designed to test urban blue planning in an experimental setting. Simon also sits on the BlueHealth steering committee.

His previous research has examined the health and wellbeing impacts of accessibility to forests and other green spaces, and quality of life in peri-urban regions.

Simon joined the Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2005 and also has a position as Associate Director of the OPENspace Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.