Andrew Simmons is an urban development specialist and social scientist committed to context-sensitive, integrated approaches to development. With Resilience Brokers, the global delivery programme of the Ecological Sequestration Trust and the “resilience.io” integrated-systems-modeling platform, Andrew works with a wide range of partner organisations to leverage and advance interdisciplinary social and climate science knowledge sharing and research that is accessible to, and ideally co-produced by, urban practitioners and wider stakeholders.
Prior to joining the Trust’s Resilience Brokers Programme, Andrew worked as a project manager contractor on international development and domestic U.S. projects, including an award-winning mixed-use, mixed-income property development on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., completed in 2017. Past appointments include senior planner with Bluepath Consulting in China and lead heritage planner with PPJ consortium on the Greater Hanoi Master Plan for the Vietnam Ministry of Construction.
With Arup, he formed and led a “cultural planning” team of social scientists from the Shanghai office, within Arup’s London-based integrated urban design practice for their world-pioneering, sustainability-driven planning projects in China and beyond. He also assisted with Arup’s programme management of the EPSRC China-UK Ecoregion Research Networks. Andrew holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics, where his research focused on the London Olympic Park Legacy.