Dr Albert Bell holds a B.A. (Gen.) degree in Social Studies and Psychology, and B.A. (Hons.), M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Malta, where he he presently holds the post of Head of Department at the Department for Youth and Community Studies within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. Prior to his deployment at the Department of Youth and Community Studies, Dr Bell was involved in the development of the B.A. (Gen.) Criminology and Diploma in Probation Services curricula at the then Institute of Forensic Studies, University of Malta, where he also held a lecturing post in Criminology.
Dr Bell also held various research, policy development and corporate services oriented posts at Sedqa â€“ the National Agency Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (FSWS). and served as Court Assistant at the Juvenile Court for a number of years. He has held appointments on a various Government Boards and Commissions with a social and criminal justice policy focus. These include the Prison Visitors Board, the National Advisory Board on the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the National Youth Policy Working Group and the National Commission for the Advancement of Women. Albert Bell chaired the Working Group on the National Strategies Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion for both 2006-2008 and 2008-2010, and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Social Welfare Service and Chairperson of the Foundation for Education Services (FES). Albert has chaired the Commission on Domestic Violence Subcommittee on Research and Data Collation since the Commissionâ€™s inception.
His research interests include youth and music subcultures, youth and social policy, sociological theory, addictions, juvenile delinquency, youth justice, social deviance and criminal behaviour.