Simon Mercer

PhD Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation (University of East Anglia, submitted)

MPhil Environment, Society and Development, University of Cambridge (2007)

MA (Hons.) Geography, University of Edinburgh (2005).

Simon has extensive consultancy and applied research experience in the climate change, environment and development sectors. He has specific technical expertise in climate change adaptation, resilience, and conservation, with experience of working across Africa and Asia. Simon also has significant experience of monitoring and evaluation, including theory of change and logframe development, with a particular emphasis on research grant programmes.

Simon currently leads the climate change team at LTS and is interim joint Sector Lead for Climate, Resilience and Environment across NIC. In these roles he is responsible for the management and implementation of a broad range of climate change projects funded by the UK government and other bi- and multi-lateral donors, including the provision of technical climate and environment consultancy services. As coordinator of the climate team at LTS Simon is responsible for leading the process of market analysis and the development of the climate sector opportunities pipeline, as well as knowledge management and wider network building. In addition, as interim sector lead, he supports the technical direction of company engagement on climate, resilience and environment issues across NIC and provides technical support to colleagues in other offices.

Prior to joining LTS Simon completed a PhD at the University of East Anglia. His research presented an analysis of adaptation to climate change in the management authority of a national park in the Nepali Terai. Whilst at UEA Simon also led undergraduate and postgraduate seminars on conservation, environmental change, and research skills, and acted as an expert reviewer for a number of international journals. Before undertaking his PhD, Simon worked closely with the UK’s Department for International Development as a key member of DFID’s Environment, Water, Sanitation and Climate Change. Resource Centre, providing technical advice and project development, management and implementation services to DFID and their development partners.


  •  Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Administrative Manager of the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund
  • Support to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund
  • Climate Smart Agriculture Programme
  • Framework Agreement governing the purchase of consultancy services for climate, forestry and low-carbon development
  • Final Evaluation of the UNNATI Inclusive Growth Programme Nepal
  • Framework Agreement governing the purchase of consultancy services for climate, forestry and low-carbon development