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Kathryn Simpson, Dr

University of Manchester

Areas of Expertise

Country of residence

United Kingdom

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Research Discipline

Politics & International Relations


Dr Simpson is a regular media commentator working with print and broadcast media in the UK and Ireland. She has been interviewed on European and Irish politics. Recent coverage has included BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Manchester and the Irish Times.

Language Skills

  • French (fluent)


Dr Simpson is a Research Associate at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) at the University of Manchester and Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent. She is an expert in comparative European politics, 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. Dr Simpson studied a PhD in Political Science at the University of Kent (Canterbury) and holds a joint MA (hons) in Contemporary European Studies: Politics, Policy and Society (Euromasters) from the University of Bath and Sciences-Po Paris, and a BA (hons) in European Studies and French from Queen's University Belfast.