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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 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.

Language Skills

  • French (fluent)


Dr Simpson is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Economy at Manchester Metropolitan university. She is an expert in comparative European politics, Brexit, political behaviour and public opinion. Primarily, 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's research pertains to the following four areas: 1. Conceptualizing Brexit - how politics and policy will impact UK and EU governance2. Inequality, economic insecurity and risk in the global and European context3. Euroscepticism4. Irish Politics - in particular, Ireland - EU and Northern Ireland - EU relations 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).