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Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Economy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Simpson is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Economy at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

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 in comparative European politics, Irish 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 Co-Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Executive Member and Trustee of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and Board Member of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE).

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, Manchester Evening News and BFM TV (France's 24hr news channel) among others.

She is available for comment on issues of EU politics, Irish politics and Brexit.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer , Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2016–2017
    Lecturer in Politics , University of Manchester
  • 2014–2016
    Research Associate , University of Manchester
  • 2011–2014
    Assistant Lecturer in Political Science , University of Kent


  • 2014 
    University of Kent , PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Bath & Sciences-Po Paris , MA
  • 2009 
    Queen's University Belfast , BA


  • 2017
    From the Classroom to the workplace: how social science students are doing data analysis for real, Statistics Education Research Journal
  • 2016
    Another Chance? Concerns about Inequality, Support for the European Union and Further European Integration , Journal of European Public Policy

Professional Memberships

  • Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • Fellow, The Higher Education Academy