School of Politics and International Relations

Simca Simpson

 Simca Simpson

Primary Supervisor: Professor Sophie Harman

Second Supervisor: Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Geography, KCL)

Research Topic: Realizing Domestic Workers’ Rights from Institutionalization to Internalization: The Role of Labour, Care and Migration Rights Regimes in Argentina and Uruguay

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 has also held a Doctoral Associateship in Gender, Migration and the Work of Care from the Centre for Global Social Policy at the University of Toronto and received fieldwork funding from the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS).

Simca has held several research and policy posts in the areas of care, migration, employment and development in Canada, Argentina and the United Kingdom. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she presented research before the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People. She has also been involved in the planning and co-ordination of international academic events on the topics of care 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.


Simpson Lapp, Simca. (2017).  “Domestic Workers of the World Unite!: A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights, by Jennifer N. Fish.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1-2.

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

See also contributions to the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre and Migration Policy Centre blogs.