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Dr Mark Simpson, Lecturer in Law, has been named as one of the inaugural Members of the Scottish Commission on Social Security, the new body tasked with providing independent and expert scrutiny of the Scottish social security system.

Dr Simpson’s research focuses on social security and poverty. Recent studies with colleagues at Ulster examine Social security systems based on dignity and respect (for the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland) and Destitution and paths to justice (for the Legal Education Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation). Mark has published on social security, devolution and human rights in leading academic journals in the fields of Law and Social Policy.

In 2019, Mark will commence a new research project on claimants’ experiences of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.