• Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
20122020
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Personal profile

Biography

Mark Simpson joined the School of Law at Ulster University as PhD candidate in 2012. Since 2016 he has been a Lecturer in Law and Course Director of LLB programmes at 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.

Current research projects focus on the use of Scotland’s new devolved social security powers to protect the dignity of claimants (funder: Equality and Human Rights Commission) and legal issues associated with poverty and destitution (funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Legal Education Foundation). Mark is also a co-convenor of the stream on Social Rights, Citizenship and the Welfare State at the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s annual conference.

Prospective PhD students with projects in the fields of Law and Social Justice (social security law/welfare reform, citizenship rights or poverty and destitution), Public Law (devolution or equality law) or human rights law (equality and socio-economic rights) are invited to make contact to discuss their ideas.

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.

 

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Research Output 2012 2020

Conceptualising dignity in the context of social security: bottom-up and top-down perspectives

Patrick, R. & Simpson, M., 13 Aug 2019, In : Social Policy and Administration. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social security
respect
recipient
human rights
qualitative research

Conditionality, discretion and TH Marshall’s ‘right to welfare’

Simpson, M., Fitzpatrick, C. & McKeever, G., 4 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 42, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social rights
social security
welfare state
welfare
welfare economics

Discrimination in death? Unmarried couples and bereavement benefits

Simpson, M., 22 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 41, 2, p. 218-221 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

ECHR
Supreme Court
respect
discrimination
exclusion

From principles to practice: social security in the Scottish laboratory of democracy

Simpson, M., McKeever, G. & Gray, A., 12 Mar 2019, 26, 1, p. 13-31 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social security
democracy
act
respect
commitment

Activities 2013 2019

Socio Legal Studies Association annual conference 2019

Mark Simpson (Organiser), Ciara Fitzpatrick (Organiser), Jed Meers (Organiser)
3 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Universal credit in Northern Ireland: some provisional findings

Mark Simpson (Speaker), Ruth Patrick (Speaker)
9 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

File

Universal credit in Northern Ireland: stakeholder engagement event

Mark Simpson (Organiser), Grainne McKeever (Chair), Ruth Patrick (Participant), Megan Millar (Organiser)
31 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

File

Universal credit in Northern Ireland: some preliminary findings

Mark Simpson (Speaker)
4 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

File

Social Policy Association annual conference

Mark Simpson (Participant), Rita Griffiths (Organiser)
8 Jul 201910 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...