Simon is a Doctoral Candidate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) where he also teaches on several modules, e.g. Concepts in Global Politics and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in Global Politics. He holds an MSc in Global Studies from Roskilde University (Denmark) and a BA in International Business from Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuerttemberg Stuttgart (Germany). His main areas of interest and research include Sino–European and Sino–Latin American relations, norm change and contestation, the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on regional and global orders, and disorder in social systems. Simon won the Critical Edge Alliance’s Best Student Paper award in 2018 and has presented his research at numerous international conferences. His work on norm contestation has been published in the Journal of Rising Powers and Global Governance and The Air Force Journal of European, Middle Eastern, and African Affairs. Simon is also the Founding Director of Stonepine Research and in that role advises practitioners of international relations on matters of foreign relations, policy, and strategy.