Simon is Associate Professor of Creative Economies at UWE Bristol. His work is concerned with critiquing concepts like ‘creativity’ and ‘economy’ to imagine more equitable futures for cultural and creative work.
Simon is co-lead (with Tarek Virani) of the Creative Economies Lab part of the DCRC dedicated to understanding and supporting contemporary creative work.
He is currently leading a research team to explore these themes as part of the £30M My World (UKRI Strength in Places Fund) programme led by University of Bristol. He is also co-investigator on the multi-million pound Bristol and Bath Creative R&D Cluster (AHRC) programme, where he leads its evaluation and research strategy. He is also the Chair of the AHRC Monitoring and Evidence Working Group, hosting a national conversation about the impacts of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP).
He is also an artist, drawing and writing about everyday life, focusing on the geographies and histories of memory, and our relationship to the landscape.