Dr. Patrick Bell’s expertise is centered on the interactions of networks at the nexus of politics and policy. As an interdisciplinary and international public policy scholar, he has advised and taught government officials at all levels of government from local to international. He focuses on applying data and analytics to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs within the US interagency and with international partners at the strategic level. His career began with two political appointments as a policy advisor within the US Treasury Department’s Office of the Under Secretary for Enforcement and as a special assistant at the US Department of Defense OSD U/ATL from 1997-2001. He has gone on to develop analytics courses and taught public policy and administration, research methods and statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels from 2003-2017.
In 2017, Dr. Bell moved overseas to work at the National Defence College, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, became a Fulbright Specialist to Ukraine and lectured there on the impact of emerging technology on public sector transformation. Currently in his sixth year at the National Defence College (NDC) of the United Arab Emirates, his teaching and research concentrates on 1) teaching and/or managing faculty in academic courses on information and cyber strategy, international relations, national security decision making, policy analytics and strategic leadership. 2) Supervising master’s/capstone projects of senior UAE civilian and military officials on issues including: Government Performance, Big Data, Data Lakes, Data Fusion and Emergency Management. His current research is interdisciplinary, applying system dynamics and quantum theory to National Security Strategy and decision making. His research is capitalizing on the convergence of emerging technologies to improve policy outcomes at the strategic level.