David Simon is Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is a former Rhodes Scholar (1979-82) and in 2009 was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. He is a longstanding trustee of the Canon Collins Education and Legal Assistance Trust, where he currently chairs its Resources and Governance Sub-committee. He is also a member of the ASAUK and RAS. His particular research interests include development theory, policy and practice; the development-environment interface including sustainability and climate/environmental change; cities, urbanization and urban-rural interaction; and transport and regional and national development planning. He is a specialist on sub-Saharan Africa and also has research experience in the Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and USA. He is a former editor and current chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies, serves on the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy and on the boards of several other African, geographical and development studies journals.