Dr Simpson is Associate Professor in Politics and Economics of the European Union at Keele University, UK.
She is Elected Secretary and Trustee of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), Deputy Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) and Series Editor of the European Politics Series published by Manchester University Press.
She holds a PhD in Politics & Government from the University of Kent, an MA in Contemporary European Politics (Euromasters) from the University of Bath & Sciences-Po Paris and a BA in European Studies and French from Queen's University Belfast.
Dr Simpson is an expert primarily in European politics, Brexit, political behaviour and political economy.
Her research covers three broad areas:
1. The link between public attitudes to inequality and to support the EU in the context of economic crisis
2. Ireland - EU relations specifically the concept of nationalism and internationalism
3. Brexit - examining Euroscepticism, UK - EU - Ireland relations, NI Protocol
Dr Simpson has published her research in world leading academic journals such as The Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Irish Political Studies (IPS) and the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) and is a regular contributor to academic blogs. She is Co-Editor of the book Ireland and the European Union: Economic, Political & Social Crises published by Manchester University Press (2021) and co-author of Ireland and the European Union: Nationalism in Internationalism published by Palgrave Macmillan (2023).
Dr Simpson is also a regular media commentator on European, British and Irish politics featuring on a range of local, national and international media. Between 2016-2019, she was lead Brexit Commentator for BBC Breakfast and is also a regular ‘Presenter’s Friend’ on BBC 5Live Question Time Extra Time programme.
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.