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 consultancy and applied research experience in the environment, climate change and development sectors. He has specific technical expertise in climate change adaptation, resilience, and natural resource management, with a geographical focus on Nepal. Simon also has extensive experience of monitoring and evaluation, including theory of change and logframe development, with a particular emphasis on research grant programmes.
At LTS, Simon’s main role is as technical lead and project manager of support to the Darwin Initiative and IWT Challenge Fund. He is responsible for the management of the M&E and applications programme, and overall portfolio management of this biodiversity and development grant facility. In addition to M&E activities, Simon develops technical content for and delivers UK-based ME&L workshops to promote best-practice, learning, and accountability amongst projects, and to strengthen Darwin and IWT networks. In his time at LTS he has undertaken a number of additional monitoring, evaluation, and lesson learning assignments in Malawi and Nepal.
Prior to joining LTS Simon completed a PhD at the University of East Anglia. His research presented an analysis of adaptation to climate change in the management authority of a national park in the Nepali Terai. As part of this research he undertook fieldwork in rural Nepal employing both quantitative and qualitative research methods, working at a range of scales from the national Government to the community level. Whilst at UEA Simon also led undergraduate and postgraduate seminars on conservation, environmental change, and research skills, and acted as an expert reviewer for a number of international journals.
Before undertaking his PhD, Simon worked closely with the UK’s Department for International Development as a key member of DFID’s Environment, Water, Sanitation and Climate Change. Resource Centre. In this role he was responsible for providing technical advice and project development, management and implementation services to DFID and their development partners. Prior to this Simon was engaged in several short term sustainability and forestry projects run through the Prince of Wales’ Office.