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Dr Mark Simpson

Lecturer in Law

School of Law
Research Institute
Transitional Justice Institute
Magee campus
Room MG121A
BT48 7JL
+44 28 7167 5033
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Mark Simpson joined the School of Law at Ulster University as PhD candidate in 2012, commencing a lecturership and becoming a member of the Transitional Justice Institute in 2016. He is currently Course Director of the single honours Law programme on the Magee campus.

Mark undertakes interdisciplinary research in social justice, with a focus on social security law. He is particularly interested in the relationship between poverty, welfare conditionality – the increasing demands placed on benefit claimants – and the UK’s human rights obligations, as well as the constitutional tensions created when central government welfare ideology conflicts with those of devolved administrations. His PhD examined how the 2010-2015 coalition government’s ‘welfare reform’ agenda helped drive demand for greater devolved control of social security in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Previously, Mark studied Law with Politics at undergraduate level at Queen’s University Belfast, where he also completed an LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. From 2017 he will be co-convenor of a stream on the theme of ‘Social rights, citizenship and the welfare state’ at the Socio-Legal Studies Association conference.

Current research

Mark Simpson, Transitional Justice Research Institute, talks about his research into how devolved regions respond to UK Government social security reforms.