Simon is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He came to Christchurch from the UK in 2000. He has a BA (hons) and PhD from Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses primarily on the impact of the urban environment on individual and community health and wellbeing. His research is generally applied and carried out with end users with a strong community engagement focus. He is also seconded two days a week to the Ministry of Transport as their Chief Science Advisor, where he advises the Ministry on the evidence base of government policy.