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Simca Simpson

 Simca Simpson

Primary Supervisor: Dr Sophie Harman

Second Supervisor: Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Geography)

Research Topic: Rights-based Governance and Care Labour Professionalization: Institutionalizing the Rights to Care, Decent Work and Migration in the MERCOSUR

Twitter: @simcasimpson



Simca holds an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA (Hons) from McGill University. Her doctoral research is funded by the Queen Mary University of London Principal’s Studentship. She also currently holds a Doctoral Associateship in Gender, Migration and the Work of Care from the Centre for Global Social Policy at the University of Toronto.

Simca has held several research and third-sector posts in the areas of migration, employment and development in Canada and Argentina. Prior to commencing her doctoral work, she served as Research Coordinator at a London-based think tank, producing research presented before the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People. She has also been involved in planning and coordination for international academic events on the topics of care, sustainability and domestic work.

Research Interests

Care, Domestic Work, South-South Migration, Rights Regimes, Governance, Norm Implementation & Contestation

Doctoral Research

Simca’s research examines rights-based governance of domestic work in the MERCOSUR. Her case studies focus on the institutionalization and implementation of care, migration and labour rights in Uruguay and Argentina.


Lépore, Eduardo & Simpson Lapp, Simca. (2017). ‘Concentrated Poverty and Neighbourhood Effects: Youth Marginalization in Buenos Aires’s Informal Settlements’, Oxford Development Studies.

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