About the speaker:
Simon joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as a Research Fellow in September 2014. Prior to that he completed a PhD at King’s College London in 2013 and was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Migration at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). Simon is the author of Immigration and Citizenship in an Enlarged European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and editor of The Handbook of International Political Economy of Migration (co-edited with Leila Talani, Edward Elgar, 2015), as well as often contributing written pieces to more mainstream outlets such as The Guardian and The Conversation. Recently, he worked on the MEDMIG project which was the first large-scale, systematic and comparative study of the backgrounds, experiences, routes and aspirations of refugees and migrants in during the so-called ‘migration crisis’ in the Mediterranean. He has received research funding from sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, Open Society Foundation, Ben & Jerrys, Santander Bank and the Anglo-Spanish Society.