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. She is lead Brexit Commentator for BBC Breakfast featuring on the programme on a regular basis.
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.
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
K. Simpson (2018). The Model EU Citizen? Explaining Irish Attitudes towards the EU. Political Insight. 9(1), pp.16-19.
K. Simpson, M. Loveless (2017). Another chance? Concerns about inequality, support for the European Union and further European integration. Journal of European Public Policy. 24(7), pp.1069-1089.
. Carter, Jackie, . Brown, Mark, K. Simpson (2017). 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 (2018). Making Sense of Brexit: The Political and Policy Implications for the Devolved Administrations. Chicago, USA, 5/4/2018.
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). 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, M. Loveless Creating a New Class of Losers? Inequality in the European Union. Chicago, USA, 1/4/2013.
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 Creating a New Class of Losers? Inequality in the EU and Republic of Ireland. Brussels, Belgium, 1/6/2012.
K. Simpson (2017). General Election 2017: What does this mean for Brexit?.
K. Simpson (2017). What does the snap general election mean for Brexit negotiations?.
K. Simpson (2017). British Politics in times of Brexit - where do we go from here?.
K. Simpson (2016). Is the new PM planning to unite the UK through social justice?.
K. Simpson (2016). Making Sense of Brexit - the data you need to analyse.
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