I am a Research Associate at University College London (UCL). I successfully defended my PhD dissertation, “The Effects of Immigration Policy on Migration Systems” in December 2018 and was awarded my PhD in March 2019.

My areas of expertise are international relations, comparative politics and research methods. My research agenda focuses on migration, refugee movement and immigration policy. Methodologically, I specialize in computational methods, field and survey experiments and focus group design.

I am currently employed on a Minerva Research Initiative grant to examine refugee flows and instability in the Middle East.



Simon, Miranda, Schwartz, Cassilde, Hudson, David, and Johnson, Shane D. (2018). A data-driven computational model on the effects of immigration policies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Belur, Jyoti, Tompson, Lisa, Thornton, Amy and Simon, Miranda (2018). Inter-rater reliability in systematic review methodology: exploring variation in coder decision-making. Sociological Methods and Research. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124118799372

Simon, Miranda (2019). Path Dependency and Adaptation: The Effects of Policy on Migration Systems — Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. Available at: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/22/2/2.html

Invitations to Revise and Resubmit

A Populist Paradox? How Brexit Softened Anti-Immigrant Attitudes (with Cassilde Schwartz, Jennifer Hudson, and David Hudson) — British Journal of Political Science.

Law Breaking and Law Bending: How International Migrants Negotiate with State Borders (with Cassilde Schwartz, David Hudson, and Shane Johnson) — International Studies Quarterly.

Media Coverage

Our paper, “A data-driven computational model on the effects of immigration policies” was covered by the The Guardian, The Independent and La Presse.