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Amy Horton


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests: Economic geography, finance, care, the living wage

Title: Addressing the under-valuing of care work in the UK and US

As populations age, employment in care is expanding rapidly. At the same time, however, reductions in public spending since the global financial crisis have placed additional constraints on care provision. My work builds on accounts of the historical under-valuation of care as gendered, racialised, domestic labour, and explores the influence of ongoing financialisation in the sector today. This work aims to contribute to public policy for the sustainable funding of care.


Academic background

  • MSc Environment, Politics and Globalisation, King’s College London
    BA History and English, University of Oxford


  • Horton, A. and Wills. J. (forthcoming) The living wage and in-work poverty. In: H. Lohmann and I. Marx, ed. Handbook of Research on In-Work Poverty. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Affiliations and other roles

  • QMUL Centre on Labour and Global Production
  • Economic Geography Research Group of the RGS, Postgraduate Representative
  • QM UCU Anti-Casualisation Representative (Demonstrators)

Funding awards

  • Economic and Social Research Council studentship
  • Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society
  • London Social Science Doctoral College Initiative Fund
  • Summer Institute for Economic Geography 2016
  • Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Fund


  • Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science – tutorials
  • Geographical Research in Practice: London’s housing crisis - methods course
  • An Introduction to Geographical Ideas and Practice - master's course lecture
  • Reinventing Britain: Economy, society and politics - field course
  • Health, Biomedicine and Society - seminars
  • Environment, Economy and Society in Europe - guest lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London


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