Simon is a professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow and a member of the criminological research staff at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
He is a socio-legal criminologist with a law degree from Edinburgh followed by several years of legal practice, an MPhil in criminological research from Cambridge and a PhD in criminology from Melbourne. He is author of Going, Going, Gone: Regulating the Market in Illicit Antiquities (2005), which won the British Society of Criminology book prize in 2006. With Penny Green, he conducted an ESRC funded evaluation of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003, with the results published in their edited collection Criminology and Archaeology: Studies in Looted Antiquities, Oñati International Series in Law and Society (2009). He has held grants and research contracts from bodies including the ESRC, AHRC, UNODC, European Commission, UK Home Office, and in the case of the Trafficking Culture project, the European Research Council.
As well as coordinating the Trafficking Culture project, Simon is Programme Director for SCCJR’s MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice and Security, Associate Editor of the Howard Journal for Criminal Justice, a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, and sits on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College. His main research interests are in white-collar crime, organised crime, policing and regulation, and transnational criminal markets.