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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


I am 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 am active within UCL's Collaborative Social Science Domain as co-chair of the early career network. Beyond UCL, I am involved in the LSE Global Economies of Care research theme, the Global Network on Financial Geography and the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary. I previously served as a committee member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

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

Publications can be accessed here (without paywall).

Books & doctoral thesis

Harker, C. & Horton, A. (eds.) Forthcoming. Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt. London: UCL Press.

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

Journal articles

Horton, A. 2021. Liquid home? Financialisation of the built environment in the UK’s ‘hotel-style’ care homes. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 46: 179– 192.

Horton, A. 2019. Financialization and non-disposable women: Real estate, debt and labour in UK care homes. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.

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.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

Horton. A. Forthcoming. Transitioning to caring economies: What place for debt? In: Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debts. C. Harker & A. Horton (eds.). London: UCL Press.

Groombridge, M., Harker C. & Horton, A. Forthcoming. Credit Unions in the UK: Promoting Saving and Dealing with Debt. In: Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debts. C. Harker & A. Horton (eds.). London: UCL Press.

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.

Policy reports and commentaries

Horton, A. 2021. Financial Impacts of Covid-19 on Care Homes: Implications for the Workforce – Review of the Evidence and Research Gaps. September.

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

Commissioned book reviews

Horton, A. 2021. The death of the self-made man. Review of The Care Manifesto: The politics of interdependence, by The Care Collective. The Political Quarterly.

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

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

This research explores 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, and Professor Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School). The project is funded by 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.

In 2021, I was awarded a Policy Impact and Engagement Fellowship to develop partnerships around research on the financial impacts of covid on care homes and staff. This briefing paper offers a rapid review of evidence and our research plans.

Another current 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 are creating a history of the Stop Haringey Development Vehicle campaign and reflecting on what other communities, councils and researchers can learn from this experience and its legacies.

Module convener

  • Economic Geography I
  • Economic Geography II: Geography of Money and Finance
Tutor & lecturer
  • Thinking Geographically I & II
  • Debt, Finance and Prosperity (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity)

Research supervision

    • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
    • PhD subsidiary supervision:
      • Migration and remittances: A study of remittances from Nigerian migrants in London - Ngozi Fakeye
      • The Paradiplomatic Relations between La Línea de la Concepción and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar - Beatriz Moraes Vidal
      • Work and Life at the Bottom of the Pay-scale: Experiences of Exploitation of Low Paid Workers in Global London - James Frederick Green
      • Between governance and resistance: Housing financialisation and the emerging grassroots housing activism in urban China - Tianzi Li (IGP)
      • Urban governance, civil society and neighbourhood participation: conceptualising the relational work of Settlements as a new urban co-governance, suited to increasing social and economic equality - Ben Hughes (Bartlett School of Planning)
    Academic support & feedback hours
    These run during terms 1 and 2 (not in reading weeks). Any variations will be posted here - please check before attending.
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    My ASF hours on 9 and 10 December are now fully booked but some availability remains for these dates:
    • Thursday 16 Dec 12.05-12.55 online
    • Friday 17 Dec 3.05-3.55pm online
    • Friday 17 Dec 4.05-4.55pm in person - please wear a mask & take a test in advance; use online option if you are unwell in any way, including cold symptoms.