David Simon



David Simon
Department of Geography
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham Surrey TW20 0EX
Tel: +44 (0)1784 443651
Fax: +44 (0)1784 276647
Email: d.simon@rhul.ac.uk


Also Director, Mistra Urban Futures
Chalmers University of Technology
Tel: 00 46 70 864 2780
Email: david.simon@chalmers.se

David Simon is Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is a former Rhodes Scholar (1979-82) and in 2009 was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. He is a longstanding trustee of the Canon Collins Education and Legal Assistance Trust, where he currently chairs its Resources and Governance Sub-committee. He is also a member of the ASAUK and RAS.

His particular research interests include development theory, policy and practice; the development-environment interface including sustainability and climate/environmental change; cities, urbanization and urban-rural interaction; and transport and regional and national development planning. He is a specialist on sub-Saharan Africa and also has research experience in the Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and USA. He is a former editor and current chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies, serves on the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy and on the boards of several other African, geographical and development studies journals.

Selected Publications

Simon, D. (2014). Viewpoint: New evidence and thinking on urban environmental change challenges, IDPR, 36(2). doi:10.3828/idpr.2014.9

Simon, D. & Parnell, S. (2014). National urbanization and urban strategies: necessary but absent policy instruments in Africa. In S. Parnell, E. Pieterse (Eds.) Africa’s Urban Revolution. pp. 237-256. London and New York: Zed Books.

D. Simon. (2015, May 21). Formulating and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal: Applied urban research with immediate impact. Retrieved from https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/formulating-and-testing-the-urban-sustainable-development-goal-applied-urban-research-with-immediate-impact/

Lwasa, S., Mugagga, F., Wahab, B., Simon, D., Connors, J.P., & Griffith, C. (2015). A meta-analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in mediating climate change. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. 68-73. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.02.003

Simon, D. & Leck, H. (2015) Editorial overview: Sustainability challenges: assessing climate change adaptation in Africa. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. iv – viii. doi:doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.03.002

Simon, D. & Leck, H. (eds) (2015). Bearing the Brunt of Environmental Change: Understanding Climate Adaptation and Transfromation in African Cities. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 13, pp. 1-116.

Simon, D. & Schiemer, F. (2015). Crossing boundaries: complex systems, transdisciplinarity and applied impact agendas. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 12, pp. 6-11. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2014.08.007

Simon, D. (2016). The potential of the green economy and urban greening for addressing urban environmental change. In K.C. Seto, W.D. Solecki, & C.A. Griffith (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (pp. 421 – 440). London: Routledge.