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), Board Member of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) and Series Editor (along with Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou and Dr Paul Tobin) of the European Policy Research Unit (EPRU) Series published by Manchester University Press.
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.
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
4. Irish Politics - in particular, Ireland - EU and Northern Ireland - EU relations
. Carter, Jackie, . Brown, Mark, K. Simpson From the Classroom to the workplace: how social science students are doing data analysis for real. Statistics Education Research Journal. 16(1), pp.80-101.
K. Simpson, M. Loveless (2016). Another chance? Concerns about inequality, support for the European Union and further European integration. Journal of European Public Policy. pp.1-21.
Simpson, K. (2017, Nov.) Ireland and EU Crisis Governance: continuity and change in the shadow of austerity and Brexit, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Simpson, K. (2017, Nov.) Europe after Brexit: New Opportunities for Democratic Politics, Universite Catholique de Lille/European School of Politics, Lille, France.
Simpson, K. (2017, Oct.) Making Sense of Brexit – The Political and Policy Implications for the UK’s Devolved Administration, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics, UK
Simpson, K. (2017, Oct.) Making Sense of Brexit – what next for the Devolved Administrations, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), London, UK
Simpson, K. (2017, June) Brexit – The Politics Debate, Brexit, Regulation & Society, Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Public Law, University of Manchester, UK
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