Dr Simpson is an expert in comparative European politics, Brexit, political behaviour and public opinion. Primarily, her research covers the link between public attitudes to inequality and to the EU in the context of economic crisis.
Prior to joining MMU, Dr Simpson worked as a Lecturer in Politics at The University of Manchester where she taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of European politics, quantitative methods, public policy and governance. Dr Simpson has seven years teaching experience in UK Higher Education having previously taught at the University of Kent.
Dr Simpson is also a regular media commentator on European, British and Irish politics featuring on a range of local, national and international media. She is lead Brexit Commentator for BBC Breakfast featuring on the programme on a regular basis. She is also a regular 'Presenter's Friend' on BBC 5Live Question Time Extra Time programme.
Within the UK, Kathryn’s research has featured on BBC Sunday Politics, BBC North West Tonight, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Kent among others. Internationally, her research has featured on RTE (Radio Telefis Eireann), The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, BFM TV (France's 24hr news channel), France Inter, Bloomberg Bulgaria and ABC Australia.
She is available for comment on issues of EU politics, Irish politics and Brexit.
Lecturer in Politics, The University of Manchester
Research Associate, Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, The University of Manchester
Assistant Lecturer in Political Science, University of Kent
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
I am Unit Lead for the academic year 2018/19 for the following units:
Economics of Brexit - EU (UG Year 3)
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
Dr Simpson’s research expertise covers the areas of comparative European politics, public opinion, political behaviour & political economy.
She is interested in supervising research degree students who wish to explore the area(s) of public opinion & attitudes, elections, policy, governance and European integration.
Dr Simpson is also interested in PhD applications in the three following areas (broadly defined): 1. Conceptualizing Brexit - how politics and policy will impact UK and EU governance 2. Inequality, economic insecurity and risk in the global and European context 3. Euroscepticism 4. Irish Politics - in particular, Ireland - EU and Northern Ireland - EU relations
K. Simpson Irish Public Opinion towards the EU: How the Economic Crisis and Brexit effected Irish Attitudes towards the EU. University of Bath, UK, 3/9/2018.
K. Simpson (2018). The EU or the EU Member State? Individual's Preferences for Addressing Economic Insecurity. Chicago, USA, 5/4/2018.
K. Simpson (2018). Making Sense of Brexit: The Political and Policy Implications for the Devolved Administrations. Chicago, USA, 5/4/2018.
K. Simpson (2018). Public Opinion Towards the EU: How The Economic Crisis and Brexit Affected Irish Attitudes Towards the EU. Cardiff, Wales, 26/3/2018.
K. Simpson Politicizing Perceptions: UK Citizens' Perceptions of Income and Support for UK and European Union Governance - Making Sense of Brexit - The Political and Policy Implications for the UK's Devolved Administration. Krakow, Poland, 1/9/2017.
K. Simpson Making Sense of Brexit - Implications for Social Policy Using British Election Study Data. Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 1/4/2017.
K. Simpson The European Union or the EU Member State? Individuals' Preferences for Addressing Economic Insecurity. Queen Mary University, London, UK, 1/9/2016.
K. Simpson Developing Quantitative Teaching and Learning Resources for Students and Teachers. Bergen, Norway, 1/5/2016.
K. Simpson What to do about Inequality? Support for the EU in Ireland. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1/10/2013.
K. Simpson Another Chance? Concerns About Inequality, Support for the EU and Further Integration. Leeds, UK, 1/9/2013.
K. Simpson The Misleading Case of the Republic of Ireland: Perceptions of Inequality as a Determinant of European Union Support. Chicago, USA, 1/4/2013.
K. Simpson, M. Loveless Creating a New Class of Losers? Inequality in the European Union. Chicago, USA, 1/4/2013.
K. Simpson Creating a New Class of Losers? Inequality in the EU and Republic of Ireland. Brussels, Belgium, 1/6/2012.
Guest academic speaker on Bloomberg Bulgaria, commenting on Phase One/Phase Two of Brexit Negotiations
Guest academic speaker on BBC Breakfast, BBC One, commenting on Brexit, An Taoiseach and Northern Ireland Executive
Guest academic speaker on BBC Breakfast, BBC One, commenting on DUP/Conservative Confidence & Supply deal/power sharing negotiations in Northern Ireland
Guest academic speaker on UK General Election 2017 for BBC Radio Manchester, France Inter, ABC Australia, Stylist Magazine, The Conversation (Election Night coverage)
Guest academic speaker on Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections, BBC Radio Manchester
Guest academic speaker on Article 50 & UK-EU Brexit negotiations on the following television, radio & newspaper: BBC North West Tonight, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Manchester & Manchester Evening News (MEN)
Guest academic speaker: Brexit and implications for the North West of England, Sunday Politics Show, BBC On
Guest academic speaker: Predictions for the 2017 Year in Politics, Sunday Politics Show, BBC One
Guest academic speaker: What will Brexit mean for the future of Britain, Ireland & the EU, Morning Ireland, RTE Radio One
Guest academic speaker on Brexit: Increase in applications for Irish passports & implications of High Court ruling for Brexit, BBC Radio Birmingham
Guest academic speaker on Brexit & What next for the UK, BBC Radio Manchester
Guest academic speaker on the following television and radio programmes providing post-EU referendum analysis: Sunday Politics Show, BBC Radio Ulster-Inside Politics (with Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness) & BBC Radio 5Live
Guest academic speaker on the following television & radio programmes discussing EU Referendum 2016 in UK: Sunday Politics Show, BFM TV (France’s 24 hour news channel), BBC 5Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Ulster-Inside Politics Programme
Guest academic speaker on BBC Breakfast, BBC One, commenting on the 2016 Irish General Election
Guest academic speaker on Inside Politics Programme, BBC Radio Ulster on the 2016 Irish General Election and UK EU Referendum
Guest academic speaker on Inside Business Programme, Irish Times, on media coverage in 2015 UK general election