Simon is a social scientist primarily interested in the history and transformation of the former Soviet region. After studying social anthropology and Russian linguistics at the University of Zurich, he became a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. His four years in Halle were interrupted by a 15-months fieldwork stay in rural south-western Ukraine. There, Simon experimented with combining research methods from ethnography and historiography. He defended the resulting thesis in 2016 and subsequently turned it into a monograph “Making Ethnicity in Southern Bessarabia” due to be published with Brill in Summer 2019. Before coming to Loughborough, Simon worked in Germany’s Civil Peace Service program in Kyiv, coordinating the project “Empowering Civil Society for a Transformation of Commemorative Culture”. This project was aimed at documenting human rights violations in the course of the war in Ukraine’s Donbas region. It led to two case study publications and a transportable exhibition, based on biographical interviews.

Simon is currently working on the ESRC project "Tourism as memory-making: heritage and memory wars in post-Soviet cities". His work focuses on the production of cultural memory in Russian tourism to the city of Kyiv. 

  • Schlegel, Simon.  2019 Making Ethnicity in Southern Bessarabia — Tracing the Histories of an Ambiguous Concept in a Contested Land. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Schlegel, Simon.  2018 “Soviet Bureaucracy as a Category Coining Machine: Ethnicity, Ethnography, and the ‘Primordial Trap.’” Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 4 (2): 1–26.
  • Schlegel, Simon.  2018 “How Could the Gagauz Achieve Autonomy and What Has It Achieved for Them? A Comparison among Neighbours on the Moldovan-Ukrainian Border.” Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 17 (1): 1–23.
  • Schlegel, Simon. 2017 “The Resilience of Soviet Ethnicity Concepts in a Post-Soviet Society: Studying the Narratives and Techniques That Maintain Ethnic Boundaries.” The Anthropology of East Europe Review 35 (1): 1–18.
  • Schlegel, Simon. 2017 “Ethnische Minderheiten an Der Ukrainischen Peripherie.  Diversität Ohne Kulturelle Unterschiede?” In Neuer Nationalismus Im Östlichen Europa Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, 151–68. Bielefeld: Transcript.
  • Schlegel, Simon.  2017 “Ukrainian Nation Building and Ethnic Minority Associations: The Case of Southern Bessarabia.” In Transnational Ukraine? Networks and Ties That Influence(d) Contemporary Ukraine, edited by Timm Beichelt and Susanne Worschech. Stuttgart: ibidem.