Professor Adrian Bell is the Research Dean for Prosperity and Resilience, the largest of the five research themes. It has 11 research divisions, including the newly established Global Development research division, and 180 researchers working on collaborative projects such as the development of a behavioural and experimental social science lab and the cross-divisional Defence Partnership Programme.
Professor Bell holds his Chair in the History of Finance at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School and was previously Associate Dean (International) and Head of ICMA Centre. He specialises in the history of finance and has worked on funded research projects continuously since 2004 funded by AHRC, ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust for his most recent project, 'The First Real Estate Bubble: Land Prices and Rents in Medieval England c. 1200-1550
He has varied research interests and has published on medieval finance, economic history, the Hundred Years War, football finance, and the National Student Survey and student satisfaction. Adrian has worked at the University of Reading since 1994.