Simon joined Swansea University in 2006. His research focuses on international human rights, focusing on social rights, and the rights of minority groups, and those facing discrimination and disadvantage in society. He is especially interested in how human rights are realised and given effect, in particular in systems of political devolution and multi-level governance.
Simon is an experienced Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on empirical research projects and has been invited to present his research at conferences in the UK and internationally. He has acted as an expert witness to the National Assembly for Wales, and worked in collaboration with the Wales Monitoring Group on the UNCRC and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales on children’s rights issues. Since 2012 Simon has been a co-coordinator of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People and is currently a member of the Welsh Government’s Children’s Rights Advisory Group.
His teaching is on human rights and social justice (LLB) and children’s human rights (LLB); and human rights implementation (LLM). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.