Amy Greer Murphy

AGMAmy Greer Murphy is currently undertaking a PhD in human geography at Durham University. She has a BA in Sociology & Social Policy from Trinity College, Dublin (2011) and an MA in Gender, Media & Culture from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2012). Her academic interest is the areas of health inequalities, women and labour, welfare states, austerity and neoliberalism.

Amy joined the Department of Geography at Durham University in 2014 as a PhD student, after moving to Denmark in 2012 to study woodwork.

Her research focuses on the experiences of austerity and welfare reform for mothers living in Stockton-on-Tees, a borough in the North East of England. Her research is part of Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity: the Stockton-on-Tees study ( She favours qualitative methods such as ethnography which capture the ‘everyday lived experiences’ of inequality, gender and class. She hopes to further her work in this area in Ireland and the UK in the coming years.

She Tweets at @amygmurphy and keeps a sparsely updated research blog at


Austerity, women, and health inequalities in the UK