Who am I?
Who am I?
Dr Simpson is an expert in comparative European politics, Brexit, political behaviour and public opinion. Her research covers how attitudes to inequality are linked to attitudes to European integration as well as the link between public attitudes to inequality and public attitudes to the EU in the context of economic crisis.
She is an Elected Executive Member and Trustee of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and Board Member of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE).
Dr Simpson is author of a forthcoming monograph entitled Examining Public Opinion Support for the European Union: Britain, Ireland, Brexit and Beyond which will be published by Manchester University Press (MUP).
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. During her time at The University of Manchester she also worked on various projects within the British Election Study (BES), the Q-Step Centre and the UK Data Service. Overall, Dr Simpson has six 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 which includes, but is not limited to, BBC Breakfast, BBC Sunday Politics, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Manchester, RTE (Radio Telefis Eireann), The Irish Times and BFM TV (France's 24hr news channel) among others.
She is available for comment on issues of EU politics, Irish politics and Brexit.
Academic and professional qualifications
- 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
- English (Native)
- French (Fluent)
- Irish (Intermediate)
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
- Five Giant Evils: Social Welfare Past, Present and Future
- Public Services in International Perspective
- New Directions in Public Services
- Understanding the Contemporary World
- Comparative Government and Politics
- Research Methods for Social Science
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
- Comparative European Politics
- Political Behaviour
- Public Opinion
- Electoral Politics
- Irish Politics
- Quantitative Methods
Simpson, K. (2017, March) In Times of Brexit – Social Policy Implications for the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, Global Europe Centre, University of Kent, UK
Simpson, K. (2017, Feb.) Making Sense of Brexit – Implications for Social Policy, Edinburgh Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Simpson, K. (2016, June.) The EU Referendum-The UK’s Relationship with the EU & the run-up to the Referendum, The Electoral Commission, Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Manchester, UK
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Media appearances or involvement
- 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
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Visiting and honorary positions
Membership of professional associations