Darien Simon’s curiosity has led her from formal studies of biology through geology/palaeontology, on into psychology and finally to the systemic combination of natural and social science in planning and policy with a particular emphasis in environmental and sustainability-related issues. Shehas worked as an academic researcher, lecturer, independent consultant and data project manager. She is currently senior research fellow with the University of Leeds TRUE (Transformational Routemapping for Urban Environments) project. Her previous research projects have included work with the Yorke and Mid North region in South Australia on low carbon energy; the South Australia Power Network on energy tariffs; the US Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Program on the reuse of formerly contaminated lands; the states of New Jersey and Maryland; and several non-profit groups including the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (Wisconsin). She has taught courses on sustainability, systems thinking, social welfare policy, urban land use planning and neighbourhood revitalisation.
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