Dr Miranda Simon

Department of Government
Dr Miranda Simon



Miranda Simon is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Essex. She was awarded a PhD from University College London (UCL) in 2019. Her research and teaching interests are international relations and comparative politics with a focuses on migration, refugee movement, immigration policy and international development. Methodologically, she specializes in computational methods, field and survey experiments and focus groups


  • PhD Political Science/ Security University College London, (2019)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (2/9/2019 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Development, N.G.Os and Foreign Aid (GV216)

  • Migration, Politics and International Development (GV554)


Journal articles (8)

Simon, M., Schwartz, C. and Hudson, D., Covid-19 Insecurities and Migration Aspirations. International Interactions: Empirical and Theoretical Research in International Relations

Schwartz, C., Simon, M., Hudson, D. and VanHeerde Hudson, J., (2021). A Populist Paradox? How Brexit Softened Anti-Immigrant Attitudes. British Journal of Political Science. Online (3), 1-21

Schwartz, C., Simon, M., Hudson, D. and Johnson, SD., (2021). Law Breaking and Law Bending: How International Migrants Negotiate with State Borders. International Studies Quarterly. Online (1), 184-196

Ghosn, F., Chu, T., Simon, M., Braithwaite, A., Frith, M. and Jandali, J., (2021). The Journey Home: Violence, Anchoring, and Refugee Decisions to Return. American Political Science Review. 115 (3), 1-17

Simon, M., (2019). Path Dependency and Adaptation: The Effects of Policy on Migration Systems. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 22 (2)

Frith, M., Simon, M., Davies, T., Braithwaite, A. and Johnson, S., (2019). Spatial interaction and security: A review and case study of the Syrian refugee crisis. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. 44 (3-4), 328-341

Simon, M., Schwartz, C., Hudson, D. and Johnson, SD., (2018). A data-driven computational model on the effects of immigration policies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115 (34), E7914-E7923

Belur, J., Tompson, L., Thornton, A. and Simon, M., (2018). Interrater Reliability in Systematic Review Methodology. Sociological Methods and Research. 50 (2), 1-29

Grants and funding


Testing the impact of interventions on migration decision-making

International Organisation for Migration

+44 (0) 1206 873486


5.413, Colchester Campus

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