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Amy Horton

IMG_6664.jpgDr Amy Horton

Lecturer in Economic Geography

Room G17

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

Tel: +44(0)20 7679 5540


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 and is part of the Global Network on Financial Geography. She participates in the LSE Global Economies of Care research theme and is an affiliate of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary.

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. 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 & 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. [Read onlinepublisher's site.]

Horton, A. 2017. Financialisation of Care: Investment and organising in the UK and US. Doctoral thesis.

Reviews and commentaries

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.


Amy’s research focuses on the interactions between finance, labour and care. It 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. Other work has explored the implications of living wage campaigns.

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
  • Academic support and feedback hours

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