Mr Alexander Van Der Meer Simo

Postdoctoral Fellow
ANU College of Science
T: 0438845815

Research interests

(Agro)forestry; agro-ecology; forest restoration; rural livelihoods.


A socio-environmental conscious dad an outcomes-driven professional with more than 20 years of work experience in the environment sector. The 1993 L'Orxa (Spain) bushfire motivated me to study forest engineering to contribute to the sustainable development of the rural environment around my hometown. But my multicultural background was stronger, and led me to live and work in a wide range of countries until I moved to Canberra; home since 2013.

In 2014, I joined the ACT Rural Fire Service to volunteer with the Hall Volunteer Brigade. Volunteering as a bushfire-fighter and becoming a dad of two children have strengthened my desire to work in ecological restoration.

In 2015, I undertook a PhD at the Australian National University, under the supervision of Professor Peter Kanowski. My interest was to find out how different forest plantation models performed in relation to the livelihoods of local people.

At the moment, I combine a role as postdoctoral fellow at the Fenner School (mainly supporting the school's curriculum) with a position as social scientist at the at the Biosecurity and Social Science Program of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Researcher's projects

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Main responsibilities: review literature and lead a team of researchers to design and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the socio-economic impacts of a range of agroecology projects across Southeast Asia.

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