Simon is an ecological economist, trying to understand the current economy in order to build a better one. Simon’s research interests include the history of economic thought, utopian economics, and various kinds of models. He is currently working the ways labour and capital have been conceptualised in different theories of production, and where energy ought to enter into these theories; Stock Flow Consistent modelling of no-growth economies; and exploring the economic potential of utopian fiction.
Simon holds a PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Surrey (UK), an MA in Environmental Management and a BSc in Environmental Science both from the University of Lancaster (UK). He is currently UK country contact for the European Society for Ecological Economics.
In the media
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Co-Investigator.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Research Fellow
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council. PhD Student.
Lecturing, MSc level, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
2019 “Energy and the History of Capitalism” on the module “Ecological Economics”
2019 “A Brief History of Capital” on the module “Ecological Economics”
2015-2018 “Social Life Cycle Assessment” on the Module “Life Cycle Thinking”
2014-2018 “Introduction to Input-Output Analysis” on the Module “Life Cycle Thinking”
2018 “Doing a PhD: the shit bits” at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity Summer School, and the introductory week for the Professional Doctorate in Sustainability Programme.
2015 “Supply Chains and Ecological Economics” on the module “Ecological Economics”
Lecturing, University of the Arts: London
2017 “Introduction to Economics for Sustainable Fashion” on the FutureLearn MOOC “Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World”
2017 “The Economics of Sustainability” on a one day workshop for London College of Fashion MA students.
Postgraduate research supervision
Co-supervisor (with Prof. Tim Jackson), Ben Gallant "Implications of Baumol’s Cost Disease for a Post-Growth Economy”.