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Dr Simon Mair

Lecturer - Circular Economy & Data Analy

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232167


Simon is an ecological economist. His work focuses on understanding the current economy in order to build a better one. He is currently working on questions of productivity, energy, value and work in sustainable economies. Simon is program lead for the Master in Business Administration in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy, and is working on mainstreaming circular economy across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.

Before Bradford, Simon worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Here he was researcher with the ESRC funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and co-investigator on the ESRC funded “Powering Productivity”. He was also a teaching fellow at the University of Salford.

Simon is currently co-investigator on “Pedagogy Without Growth: An exploratory study of post-growth teaching in UK Business Schools”. Funded by the UK and Ireland Chapter of The UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, this project uses action research to explore teaching of degrowth and post-growth ideas in a management education context. He is also co-investigator on the NERC funded project "“Marine Spatial Planning Addressing Climate Effects (MSPACE)”. He leads a work package using input-output models to explore links between marine resources, climate change, and regional supply chains. 

Simon's academic work has been published in Ecological Economics, The Lancet Planetary Health, and The Journal of Cleaner Production, amongst others. In addition to his academic publications he has been published in outlets including BBC Future, New Socialist, and Current Affairs. He is currently UK country contact for the European Society of Ecological Economics.


Ecological Economics

Alternative Economies


Post-Growth Economics

History of Economic Thought


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleWorker wellbeing and productivity in advanced economies: Re-examining the link (2021)
AuthorsIsham, A; Mair, S., Jackson, T.
JournalEcological Economics
TitleA tale of two utopias: Work in a post-growth world (2020)
AuthorsMair S.;Druckman A.;Jackson T.
JournalEcological Economics
TitleNeoliberal economics, planetary health, and the COVID-19 pandemic: a Marxist ecofeminist analysis (2020)
AuthorsMair, S.,
JournalThe Lancet Planetary Health
TitleHigher Wages for Sustainable Development? Employment and Carbon Effects of Paying a Living Wage in Global Apparel Supply Chains (2019)
AuthorsMair S.;Druckman A.;Jackson T.
JournalEcological Economics
TitleInvestigating fairness in global supply chains: applying an extension of the living wage to the Western European clothing supply chain. (2018)
AuthorsMair S;Druckman A;Jackson T;
JournalInternational Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
TitleThe challenges of applying planetary boundaries as a basis for strategic decision-making in companies with global supply chains (2017)
AuthorsClift R.;Sim S.;King H.;Chenoweth J.;Christie I.;Clavreul J.;Mueller C.;Posthuma L.;Boulay A.;Chaplin-Kramer R.;Chatterton J.;DeClerck F.;Druckman A.;France C.;Franco A.;Gerten D.;Goedkoop M.;Hauschild M.;Huijbregts M.;Koellner T.;Lambin E.;Lee J.;Mair S.;Marshall S.;McLachlan M.;Milà i Canals L.;Mitchell C.;Price E.;Rockström J.;Suckling J.;Murphy R.
TitleGlobal inequities and emissions in Western European textiles and clothing consumption (2016)
AuthorsMair S.;Druckman A.;Jackson T.
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Book Chapters
TitleSustainability and the Circular Economy (2021)
AuthorsClift, R., Martin, G., and Mair, S.,
JournalAssessing sustainability progress: frameworks, tools and case studies
TitleA Critical Review of the Role of Indicators in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (2018)
AuthorsMair S.;Jones A.;Ward J.;Christie I.;Druckman A.;Lyon F.
JournalWorld Sustainability Series
TitleFairness and Globalisation in the Western European Clothing Supply Chain (2017)
AuthorsMair, S., Druckman, A., Jackson, T.
JournalThe Social Effects of Global Trade
PublisherJenny Stanford Publishing
Published Reports
TitleMapping Method Report (2020)
AuthorsBoehnert, J.; Mair, S.; Landa-Avila, C.
PublisherCentre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
TitleEnergy and Productivity—a review of the literature (2020)
AuthorsElkomy, S; Mair, S; Jackson, T.
PublisherCentre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
TitleWellbeing and productivity: a review of the literature (2020)
AuthorsIsham, A.; Mair, S.; Jackson, T.
PublisherCentre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
Title ‘Redefining SME Productivity Measurement and Assessment for a Low Carbon Economy’ (2020)
AuthorsOwen, R.; Harrer, T.; Lodh, S.; Pates, R.; and Mair., S.
PublisherProductivity Insights Network
Other Publications
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleTriggering the Right: The Role of Language in the Culture Wars (2021)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherCurrent Affairs
Other typeBlog
TitleCOVID-19 and the Economic Stories of our Time (2021)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherEuropean Association for Development Research and Training Institutes
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleWhat will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures (2020)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherThe Conversation
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleHow getting rid of shit jobs and the metric of productivity can combat climate change (2019)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherThe Conversation
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleIn the age of extinction, who is extreme? A response to Policy Exchange (2019)
AuthorsMair, S. and Steinberger, J.
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleCapitalism and Climate Change: A Political Marxist View (2019)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherNew Socialist
Other typeElectronic Article
TitleGrowing Pain: the delusion of boundless economic growth - a reply to Leigh Phillips (2019)
AuthorsChristie, I., Mair, S., and Gallant, B.
PublisherOpen Democracy
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleTechno-fix futures will only accelerate climate chaos – don’t believe the hype (2019)
AuthorsMair, S. and Boehnert., J
PublisherThe Conversation
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleSystem Change, Not Climate Change! What ‘The Good Place’ can teach us about climate action (2019)
AuthorsMair, S.
PublisherOpen Democracy