Dr Mark Simpson
Lecturer in Law
- School of Law
- Research Institute
- Transitional Justice Institute
- Magee campus
- +44 28 7167 5033
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.
Mark Simpson, Transitional Justice Research Institute, talks about his research into how devolved regions respond to UK Government social security reforms.
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- The trouble with accessing the countryside in Northern Ireland: a comparison with Great BritainEnvironmental Law ReviewDate: (2017)
- Social security systems based on dignity and respectDate: (2017)
- The impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern IrelandDate: (2017)
- Worlds of welfare collide: implementing a European unemployment benefit scheme in the UKEuropean Journal of Social SecurityDate: (2017)
- The social union after the coalition: devolution, divergence and convergenceJournal of Social PolicyDate: (2017)
- The New Welfare State?Date: (2016)
- Case analysis: in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLauglin for judicial review  NIQB 11Journal of Social Security LawDate: (2016)
- The Agreement and devolved social security: a missed opportunity for socio-economic rights in Northern Ireland?Northern Ireland Legal QuarterlyDate: (2015)
- "Designed to reduce people... to complete destitution": human dignity in the active welfare stateEuropean Human Rights Law ReviewDate: (2014)
- Developing constitutional principles through firefighting: social security parity in Northern IrelandJournal of Social Security LawDate: (2014)