Nils Simon is a Senior Project Manager at adelphi. The focus of his work at adelphi is on international cooperation. As political scientist, Nils specialises in international environmental and sustainability governance. He has worked intensively on global chemicals governance, the United Nations, and the phenomenon of institutional complexity. His core methodological competencies include policy, stakeholder, and institutional analyses.
Nils is currently the head of the project "Sustainability in international chemicals and waste management: Further development of SAICM beyond 2020". On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency, adelphi is analysing the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the reform process on the future of global chemicals and waste governance beyond 2020. He attended a number of international conferences, including the third and fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2012 and 2015, respectively, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012.
Prior to his work at adelphi, Nils was employed as a post-doctoral researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He researched multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development within the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 "Governance in areas of limited statehood". There he co-authored a background paper for UNDESA on the transparency and accountability of transnational partnerships, which he presented at the ECOSOC Partnership Forum in 2016. Prior to that, he conducted research at SWP from 2009 to 2010 as part of a BMU-supported project on the reform of international environmental governance with a focus on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Nils completed a doctoral dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin, writing on the management of institutional complexity in international chemicals governance. During his doctoral studies he received a scholarship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation and was a visiting researcher at the SWP. Prior to that, he had completed a Diplom in political science, also at the Freie Universität Berlin, with a thesis on the diffusion of urban climate action strategies. He also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK. During his studies, Nils was supported by a scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation.