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Simon is a human geographer Professor 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. Much of his research uses geospatial science including some done through the GeoHealth Laboratory, of which he is the Director. 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 I advise the Ministry on the evidence base of government policy


  • –present
    Professor, University of Canterbury


  • 1993 
    University of Canterbury, PhD, Geography