Dr Miranda Simon

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Miranda Simon
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873486

  • Location

    5.413, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays 15:00-17:00



Miranda Simon is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. She was awarded a PhD from University College London (UCL). 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.


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


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex (1/10/2021 - present)

  • Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex (2/9/2019 - 1/10/2021)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Politics and Economic Policies (GV120)

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

  • Migration, Politics and International Development (GV554)


Journal articles (11)

Gerver, M., Simon, M. and Ghosn, F., Refugee Resettlement and Preferences. Political Studies

Simon, M., Braithwaite, A., Frith, M. and Ghosn, F., How Governance Under the 'Grand Compromise' Affects Refugee Preferences for Relocation: Evidence from Syrian Refugees in Lebanon. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Christensen, J. and Simon, M., (2023). Using Aid to Control Migration. Political Studies, 003232172311622-003232172311622

Simon, M., Schwartz, C. and Hudson, D., (2022). Covid-19 Insecurities and Migration Aspirations. International Interactions. 48 (2), 309-326

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

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), 982-998

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. 65 (1), 196-196

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


The diffusion of development: Extending RCTs with agent-based modelling to understand spillovers of development interventions

Economic and Social Research Council


Testing the impact of interventions on migration decision-making

International Organisation for Migration

+44 (0) 1206 873486


5.413, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays 15:00-17:00