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2022: Simon Mair

Simon MairSimon Mair
UK

Simon is an ecological economist. His work focuses on trying to understand and undermine capitalism.

Simon is employed as a lecturer in circular economy and data analytics at the University of Bradford, where he is program lead for the Master in Business Administration in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy. He is co-investigator on “Pedagogy Without Growth: An exploratory study of post-growth teaching in UK Business Schools”. An action research project exploring degrowth and post-growth teaching in management education. He is also co-investigator on the “Marine Spatial Planning Addressing Climate Effects (MSPACE)” project where he leads a work package using input-output models to explore links between marine resources, climate change, and regional supply chains.

Before joining the University of Bradford, Simon got his PhD from the University of Surrey, where he also worked as a Research Fellow with the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. Here he explored the economic potential of utopian fiction, and the history of economic thought. He was also a teaching fellow at the University of Salford.
Simon’s academic work has been published in Ecological Economics, The Lancet Planetary Health, The Journal of Cleaner Production, and other outlets. His non-academic writing has been published by BBC Future, Current Affairs, and New Socialist, amongst others.

Motivation

The central strength of ESEE is in bringing together a community of politically engaged scholars with a shared worldview. For many of us, this community is an invaluable space because the other institutions we are embedded within are complicit in maintaining unjust and unsustainable economies. If elected I would work to strengthen ESEE’s community.
First, I would like to strengthen links between our community and likeminded communities. There are substantive overlaps between ecological and feminist economics, and I would work to increase links between our communities, through shared events, for example.

Second, I will work to develop spaces within ESEE where we can come together as communities of practice and develop strategies for embedding ecological economics within other institutions. As a concrete example, I propose convening learning sets where we can share and develop strategies for embedding ecological economics within teaching programs. This is an extension of the action research project I am currently undertaking which seeks to develop a community of practice around degrowth and post-growth teaching in UK business schools (which are generally very pro growth!). In this way we can use the space offered by ESEE to make concrete advances in our scholarly and political agenda.

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