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Simon Mercer

PhD Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation (University of East Anglia, submitted); MPhil Environment, Society and Development, University of Cambridge (2007); MA (Hons.) Geography, University of Edinburgh (2005).

Simon has extensive experience of project management in the environment, climate change and water and sanitation sectors, and has specific expertise in climate change adaptation, natural resource management, climate and environment assessments, and capacity building of government organisations.

Simon joined LTS as a Senior Consultant in January 2015 having submitted his PhD thesis analysing adaptation to climate change in the management authority of a remote national park in the Nepali Terai. As part of this research he undertook 8 months fieldwork in rural Nepal employing a mixed-methods approach to elucidate the key drivers of change facing the park management authority, the processes through which the organisation adapts to these challenges, and the factors that enable and constrain action. In addition he undertook extensive community level surveys to identify local perceptions of climate impacts, examined in conjunction with the statistical analysis of climate data to determine the significance of observed climatic trends. Whilst based at the University of East Anglia, Simon also taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate seminars on conservation, environmental change and research skills, and acted as an expert reviewer for a number of international journals.

Prior to undertaking his PhD, Simon worked closely with the UK’s Department for International Development as a key member of DFID’s DEW Point Resource Centre for Environment, Water, Sanitation and Climate Change. In this role he was responsible for providing technical advice and project development, management and implementation services to DFID and their development partners in the fields of environment, climate change, and water supply and sanitation.

Before joining DEW Point, Simon was involved in a number of short term sustainability and forestry projects run through the Prince of Wales’ Office. Simon has seven years postgraduate experience, has worked in Africa and Asia, and speaks French to a high level of proficiency.

Service areas:
climate change