Simon’s research focuses on the intersection between public policies and organisational behaviour. He is particularly interested in how social innovation policies are enacted through discourse and financial incentives, and the complex ways in which practitioners seek to negotiate and informally amend such policies. His research has been funded by bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, European Commission, OECD and by national governments. He has published in journals including Economy and Society, Journal of Social Policy, Organization, Policy and Politics, and Public Administration.
Simon is editor of Social Enterprise Journal and a member of the organising committee for the International Social Innovation Research Conference. He sits on review panels for the Scottish Government Social Innovation Fund and for Carnegie Trust.
Simon currently supervises seven PhD students in the broad areas of: social innovation discourses and policies, field-building, and economic impact. He particularly welcomes new applications from those interested in exploring community-based responses to global challenges, and the travel of social innovation ideas across different contexts.