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Amy Horton

Dr Amy Horton

Lecturer in Economic Geography

Degree tutor: BSc Economics & Geography

UCL Department of Geography
Room G17, 26 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AP.

a.horton@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)20 7679 5540 (now working remotely)

 

I joined UCL in 2017 as a lecturer in economic geography and degree tutor for the Economics and Geography BSc. My principal research focus is on the interactions between finance, labour and care.

I completed my doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and involved fieldwork in the US and UK. I also spent two months visiting the University of British Columbia.

I have served as a committee member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, am part of the Global Network on Financial Geography and am an affiliate of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary. I participate in the LSE Global Economies of Care research theme. With tax experts, journalists and other scholars, I am helping to create a new Centre for Finance and Resilience.

I received my previous degrees from Oxford University and King’s College London. After completing my master's, I worked for several years as a policy researcher and campaigner on issues relating to the international financial institutions, financial regulation, and extractive industries, with a focus on the relationships between the UK and EU, Latin America and central Africa.

Horton, A. 2020. Liquid home? Financialisation of the built environment in the UK’s ‘hotel-style’ care homes. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. (Free pre-publication version available here: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12410.)

Horton, A. 2019. Financialization and non-disposable women: Real estate, debt and labour in UK care homes. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X19862580. (Free pre-publication version available here: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10078083/)

Horton, A.  2019. Review: The New Enclosure: The appropriation of public land in neoliberal Britain, by Brett Christophers. Space and Polityhttps://doi.org/10.1080/13562576.2019.1667765

Horton, A. 2019. Financing care. Fabian Society. 4 July. https://fabians.org.uk/financing-care/.

Cockayne, D, Horton, A, Kay, K, Loomis, J, & Rosenman, E. 2018. On economic geography’s “movers” to business and management schools: A response from outside “the project.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space50(7), 1510–1518. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X18796506.

Horton, A & Wills, J. 2018. The Living Wage and In-Work Poverty. In: H. Lohmann and I. Marx, ed. Handbook on In-Work Poverty. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 228-244. [Read onlinepublisher's site.]

Horton, A. 2017. Financialisation of Care: Investment and organising in the UK and US. Doctoral thesis. http://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/31797.

Understanding the financial impact of COVID-19 on the UK care home sector – implications for businesses and the workforce

This research will explore the impacts of the pandemic on care homes' financial sustainability and their workforce. As the co-investigator on this project, I am working in partnership with the Centre for Health and the Public Interest, Unison, the National Care Forum and Company Watch, under Principal Investigator Professor Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School). The project is funded by through UK Research & Innovation (2020-2022).

Democratising Social Infastructure? The Haringey Development Vehicle

Together with Dr Joe Penny (Queen Mary), grassroots campaigners and councillors, I am working to document and analyse the campaign to 'Stop Haringey Development Vehicle'. The project explores different visions for urban development in relation to housing, local government financing and democracy. It aims to contribute to debates about financialised entrepreneurial urban governance, new municipalism and social infrastructure. The project was awarded a grant from the UCL Social & Historical Sciences Dean's Strategic Initiative Fund (2020).

Financialisation of Care: Investment and organising in the UK and US

This research examined financial investment in care homes for older people, as well as efforts by labour and community groups to ensure that care is valued more highly, in the UK and the US. The project was funded through a doctoral studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (2014-17).

I am committed to developing research in collaboration with groups beyond academia, building on my experience of policy research, advocacy and media work in the past. I have presented my research to individuals and organisations involved in campaigns to change policy and culture in relation to care. She is a member of the Reclaim Social Care network.

A new research project with Dr Joe Penny and campaigners seeks to learn lessons from a community campaign that prevented the demolition, part privatisation and top-down regeneration of social housing and public assets in North London. Working with diverse community activists, we will create a history of the Stop Haringey Development Vehicle campaign and reflect on what other communities, councils and researchers can learn from this experience and its legacies.

  • Economic Geography I (convener)
  • Economic Geography II: Geography of Money and Finance (convener)
  • Thinking Geographically I & II (tutor)
  • Debt, Finance and Prosperity (contributing lecturer, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity)
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
  • PhD supervision:
    • Ngozi Fakeye, 'Migration and remittances: A study of remittances from Nigerian migrants in London' (second supervisor with Dr Ben Page
    • Beatriz Moraes Vidal, 'The Paradiplomatic Relations between La Línea de la Concepción and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar' (second supervisor with Professor Jason Dittmer)

     

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