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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.

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


Amy Horton joined UCL in 2017 as a lecturer in economic geography and degree tutor for the Economics and Geography BSc.

She completed her doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London. Her doctoral research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and involved fieldwork in the US and UK. She also spent two months visiting the University of British Columbia.

Amy has served as a committee member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society, is part of the Global Network on Financial Geography and is an affiliate of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary. She participates in the LSE Global Economies of Care research theme and is also a member of the Reclaim Social Care campaign group. With tax experts, journalists and other scholars, she is helping to create a new Centre for Finance and Resilience.

She received her previous degrees from Oxford University and King’s College London. After completing her master's, she 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:

Horton, A. 2019. Financialization and non-disposable women: Real estate, debt and labour in UK care homes. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. (Free pre-publication version available here:

Horton, A.  2019. Review: The New Enclosure: The appropriation of public land in neoliberal Britain, by Brett Christophers. Space and Polity

Horton, A. 2019. Financing care. Fabian Society. 4 July.

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.

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.



Social care: financing and employment

Amy’s principal research focus has been on the interactions between finance, labour and care. Her work investigates the role of finance in the economy and society, and how social and labour movements seek to rework economies.

Her doctorate 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. In earlier work, Amy explored the implications of living wage campaigns.

New collaborative research under development would explore the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on care homes' financial sustainability and their workforce. A further planned project would compare the structures of the childcare and eldercare markets and employment conditions in these two sectors.

Social infrastructure: analysing a campaign to preserve council housing and public assets

Together with Dr Joe Penny (Queen Mary), Amy is researching the Stop Haringey Development Vehicle campaign. This research 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.

Amy is committed to developing research in collaboration with groups beyond academia, building on her experience of policy research, advocacy and media work in the past. She has presented her 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.

  • GEOG0023 Economic Geography I (convener)
  • GEOG0047 Economic Geography II: Geography of Money and Finance (convener)
  • GEOG0151 and GEOG0012 Thinking Geographically I & II (tutor)
  • BGLP0007 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)

    Academic support and feedback hours

    These hours run in teaching weeks of terms 1 and 2.