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Research interests

Simon is a Reader in Education. He is also on the steering committee of the university's Healthy Later Living Network, a Centre Associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, an Associate of the Scottish Sensory Centre, University of Edinburgh and Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organisation.

Simon’s current work focuses on ageing, impairment and access to cultural heritage; visual impairment and visual culture; accessible and inclusive technologies for learning; disability arts; and, the philosophy and practice of methodology. His most recent large project investigated the use of mobile technologies as tools of inclusion for adults, particularly older adults, with disabilities, which was sponsored by a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union (2016-2020). The project was led by VRVis (based in Vienna) and its partners included the Open University, national museums in London, Madrid and Vienna and technology companies in Vienna and Belgrade.

Simon has previously conducted research projects in the US, Canada, United Arab Emirates and the UK, and he is currently co-editor of the Routledge book series, Qualitative and Visual Methodologies in Educational Research. Simon has also won several awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar's Award and fellowships of the British Computer Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA). He has also delivered keynotes and guest lectures for the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Sidur Museum (Moscow), Manege Central Exhibition Hall (St Petersburg), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Harvard University, London School of Economics, MIT, University of California Berkeley, Vrije Universiteit (Brussels) and the Government of the Province of Milan amongst others.


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Areas of Research

  • Philosophy and Practice of Methodology
  • Accessible and Inclusive Technology 
  • Visual Impairment and the Arts
  • Disability Arts
  • Access to Cultural Heritage
  • Epistemology of Disability

Teaching interests

  • Principles of Methodology
  • Qualitative and Visual Methodology
  • Grounded Methodology
  • Visual Impairment, Learning and Education
  • Access to Cultural Heritage
  • Accessible and Inclusive Technology
  • Epistemology of Disability
  • Technology and Society

Other responsibilities

  • Director of Public Engagement
  • Admissions Tutor, MA Education
  • Co-Editor, Routledge Focus Series - Qualitative and Visual Methodologies in Educational Research
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Visual Impairment
  • Editorial Board, Social Inclusion

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

1 Sep 19991 Nov 2005

Award Date: 13 Jul 2006

External positions

Temporary Advisor, World Health Organization

1 Dec 201931 May 2021

Associate, University of Edinburgh

1 Nov 2019 → …

Centre Associate, London School of Economics

1 Oct 2010 → …


  • qualitative research
  • visual methods
  • visual impairment
  • disability arts
  • mobile technology
  • cultural heritage
  • museums
  • sensory impairment
  • disability
  • inclusive technology
  • inclusion


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