Simon is an ecological economist, working to understand the current economy in order to build a better one. Simon’s research interests include the post-growth and degrowth economics, post-capitalism, and alternative economies. Simon is programme lead for the MSc in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management and module leader for Corporate Sustainability, and Business and Environment.
He is a member of the Management Educators Navigating Degrowth (MEND) collective. The collective explores ways to teach post-growth and degrowth ideas in management education. The group was funded by a grant from the UK and Ireland Chapter of the Principles for Responsible Management Education.
Simon is a co-investigator with the ESRC funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and the EU Horizon funded Wellbeing, Inclusive, Sustainable Economies (WISE) Horizons. Here he explores the transitions and possibilities for moving to post-growth economies within planetary boundaries. He is also co-investigator on the NERC funded project “Marine Spatial Planning Addressing Climate Effects (MSPACE)”, leading a work package using input-output models to explore links between marine resources, climate change, and regional supply chains.
Simon’s academic writing has been published in a variety of books and journals including Ecological Economics, The Lancet Planetary Health, and Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. His public writing has been published by international outlets including BBC Future, New Socialist, and Current Affairs.