I am an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. At CU Denver I am also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and a Research Fellow in the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism.


At CU Boulder I am an Affiliated Faculty and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. I am also an Affiliated Faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.

Before coming to Colorado, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University where I was a Principal Investigator in Stanford’s Spatial History Project. I also held subsequent Visiting Scholar positions at UCLA, Stanford and ETH Zurich.

Among other professional appointments, I am the Environment and Society Section Editor of the journal Geography Compass. I served as the Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). I have also been a Core Advisor to the United Nations Foundation’s Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves

Education and Training

2009              Postdoctoral Fellow

            Lane Center for the American West

                       Stanford University

2007              Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

            University of Washington, Seattle

2001              Master of Environmental Science and Management

            Donald Bren School of Environmental Science &      

            Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

1997              Bachelor of Arts in Economics

            University of California, Santa Cruz


Other Scholarly Appointments

Sum 2019     Visiting Scholar, Dept of Humanities, Social and Political                            Sciences, Center for Security Studies, Swiss Federal                                    Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

2016-17         Visiting Researcher, Institute of Environment and  

                       Sustainability and Faculty Visitor, Department of

                       Geography, University of California Los Angeles

Sum 2013     Visiting Scholar, Center for Sustainable Communities

                       University of California Los Angeles

Sum 2013     Visiting Scholar and Principal Investigator, Spatial History

                       Project Stanford University

Sum 2011     Visiting Scholar and Principal Investigator, Spatial History

                       Project Stanford University

Academic Positions

2018-             Director of Graduate Programs, 

                       Department of Geography and 

                       Environmental Sciences 

                       University of Colorado Denver

2015-             Associate Professor, Department of Geography and 

                       Environmental Sciences 

                       University of Colorado Denver

2009-15        Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and 

                       Environmental Sciences 

                       University of Colorado Denver

2017-         Faculty Affiliate and Adjunct Associate Professor

                       Department of Geography

                       University of Colorado Boulder

2016-             Faculty Affiliate, Center for Science

                       and Technology Policy Research 

                       University of Colorado Boulder

2014-             Graduate Faculty, Department of Geography |

                       Environmental Studies Program

                       University of Colorado Boulder

2013-             Faculty Affiliate, Urban and Regional Planning

                       University of Colorado Denver 

Other Notable Professional Activities

2016-             Editor, Human-Environment Section of the Journal        

                       Geography Compass

2012-14        Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE)

                       Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

2010-13        Core Advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance for                            Clean Cookstoves Finance and Investment Working        


Gregory L Simon

Department of Geography and Environmental Science

University of Colorado Denver

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