Simon joined NLGN in September 2019. Having been awarded a PhD in democratic theory from the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London in 2015, he has worked as a researcher and educator in academia and think tanks, with roles at UCL’s Constitution Unit, The Hansard Society, Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. Most recently he was appointed as Research Director at the Project for Modern Democracy, running projects on Whitehall reform and the rebalancing of UK economic policy. His research at NLGN is focused around the Community Paradigm, starting with a project on the Nobel-winning work of political economist Elinor Ostrom.
Simon has written and spoken on a diversity of subjects, including democracy and voting systems, localism and self-governance, political economy, historical methods, constitutions, conspiracy theories, and post-truth. He has published work in History and Theory, Critical Review, European Political Science, LSE USA Politics & Policy and LSE British Politics & Policy. He has presented research at international conferences, participated in public lectures and panel debates, won several competitive academic fellowships, and appeared on BBC News as a political commentator.
Simon grew up in Royston, which is a town people go through when they’re on the train between London and Cambridge. The most interesting thing about Royston is that in the middle ages, for reasons unknown, the Knights Templar hid a secret meeting place underground, deep beneath what is now a souvenir shop on the high street.
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