• Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 23 Citations
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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

Coronavirus and social security entitlement in the UK’

Harris, N., Fitzpatrick, C., Meers, J. & Simpson, M., 21 May 2020, In : Journal of Social Security Law. 27, 2, p. 55-84 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Reflections on Northern Ireland’s mirror image approach to devolved social security

    Simpson, M., 16 Sep 2020, Social security in Greater Manchester. 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

    Open Access
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    Universal Credit could be a lifeline in Northern Ireland, but it must be designed with people who use it

    Patrick, R. & Simpson, M., 30 Jun 2020, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 53 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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    Activities

    Advisory Group meeting for CPAG's LEF funded project on Access to Justice and Digitalisation in UC

    Grainne Mc Keever (Participant), & Mark Simpson (Participant)

    23 Jan 2020

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

    Universal credit in Northern Ireland: stakeholder engagement event

    Grainne Mc Keever (Chair), , Mark Simpson (Organiser), & Ruth Patrick (Organiser)

    12 Feb 2020

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

    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, ...

    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, ...

    Universal credit in Northern Ireland: some provisional findings

    Mark Simpson (Speaker), & Ruth Patrick (Speaker)

    9 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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