Nancy is a feminist economic geographer who is interested in work, social reproduction, inequalities, age and generations, and feminist theory. Theoretically, her interests lie in relationality and temporality, focusing on futurity, intergenerationality and precarity. Nancy is also concerned with research practice, including ethics, participation and innovative qualitative methods.
Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
I welcome applicants interested in the following areas—please email me to discuss your plans.
General areas: Economic Geography; Social Geography; Feminist Geography; Social Justice; Identities and Belonging
Specific topics: precarious work, housing vulnerability, housing coping strategies (co-residence, co-ops, flat sharing, AirBnB ad the gig economy), generations and the lifecourse, care and unpaid work, GenY, home and well-being, geographies of intimate life, lived experiences of austerity, feminist theory (including relational autonomy, theorizations of interdependence, futurities), identities and the economic (gender, class, race, sexuality, disability, etc) and the geographies of children and youth.
GEOG 101: Geography & the Human Habitat
GEOG 222: Geographical Study of Canada
Nancy’s research agenda as whole takes an identities approach to focus on issues of social justice and equity—the lived experience of the economic. From her work with young people on school to work transitions to more recent projects with young adults on precarious work and co-residence with parents, Nancy’s research centres on how age intersects with other social categories of difference, especially gender and social class, across space at various scales (including the workplace, home and the city)—understanding economic processes through the people who experience them. She looks forward to continuing her focus on young adulthoods and genY, moving beyond questions of how they are responding to economic crises and austerity and forward to questions about how this generation will change the workplace and social relations.
https://uwaterloo.academia.edu/NancyWorth for copies of papers
Geographies of Identities & Subjectivities (2016) edited volume with Claire Dwyer for Springer’s Geographies of Children & Young People series, Tracey Skelton, editor-in-chief
Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences (2015) edited collection with Irene Hardill, Policy Press
Intergenerational Space (2014) edited collection with Robert Vanderbeck, Routledge
N. Worth (Forthcoming) ‘Coping with insecure work: Millennials and the intergenerational transfer of wealth and resources’ Millennial City: Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy Markus Moos, Deirdre Pfeiffer & Tara Vinodrai (eds.) Routledge
N. Worth with V. Chouinard & L. Simard-Gagnon (Forthcoming) ‘Disabling cities’ Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Perspective Linda Peake & Alison Bain (eds.) OUP
N. Worth (2015) ‘Age identity and the geographies of children and young people’ in N. Worth & C. Dwyer (eds) Identities and Subjectivities, Volume 4, in Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People Springer
N. Worth (2014) ‘Youth, relationality, and space: conceptual resources for Youth Studies from Critical Human Geography’ for Springer Handbook of Youth Studies
N. Worth (2016) ‘Who we are at work: millennial women, everyday inequalities and insecure work Gender Place & Culture 23:9 pp. 1302-1314
N. Worth (2016) ‘Feeling precarious: millennial women and work’ Environment & Planning D: Society and Space 34:4 pp. 601-616
N. Worth (2014) ‘Student-focused assessment criteria: thinking through best practice’ Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38:3 pp. 361-372
N. Worth (2013) ‘Experimenting with student-led seminars’ PLANET (Journal of the Higher Education Academy) journals.heacademy.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.11120/plan.2013.00003
N. Worth (2013) ‘Visual impairment in the city: young people’s social strategies for independent mobility’ Urban Studies 50:3 pp. 455-466
N. Worth (2012) ‘Making friends and fitting in: a social-relational understanding of disability at school’ Social & Cultural Geography 14: 1 pp. 103-123
N. Worth (2011) ‘Evaluating lifemaps as a versatile method for lifecourse geographies’ Area 43: 4 pp. 405-412
N. Worth (2009) ‘Understanding youth transition as becoming: identity, time and futurity’ Geoforum 40:6 pp. 1050-1060
N. Worth (2009) ‘Making use of audio diaries in research with young people: examining narrative, participation and audience’ Sociological Research Online 14:4
N. Worth (2008) ‘The significance of the personal within disability geography’ Area 40:3 pp. 306-314 (Short listed for the Area Prize for New Research in Geography 2008)
GenY at Home: Well-being, Autonomy and Co-Residence with Parents
www.genyathome.ca SSHRC Insight Development grant (2015-2017)
Anecdotally we know that some young Canadians (those in their twenties through early 30s) say they have not achieved financial independence from parents. We also know that young adults are "boomeranging" home - that is, living on their own for a while but then returning to the home of their parents or living with in-laws. Ontario has the highest rate of co-residence, where 50% of twenty-somethings in Ontario live with their parents.
This pattern is a recent social development in Canada; previous generations left home much earlier and in great numbers. Who is returning home and how do they feel about it? Are parents paying bills or are young adults paying their own way in the family home? Is it as much about care--for aging parents or recent kids--than it is about not finding work? Do young people want to buy their own homes? What are the complex reasons for, and consequences of, living at home?
genY / "nexters" / millennials, specifically those born between 1980 and 1995, living with parents or in-laws in the Greater Toronto Area.
We will be collecting data in two ways – first through an online survey launching in early 2016 and then a series of in-depth interviews with young adults living at home in the GTA.
GenY at Home will investigate the following research questions:
• Why are young adults living in the parental home? Whether it is lack of jobs, inaccessible housing markets because of the price of housing in the GTA, or the need for shared caregiving, there are multiple and complex reasons why millennials live in the parental home or with in-laws. Are people living as singles or as couples? Are there more men living at home than women?
• How does living with parents impact well-being for young adults? It is often assumed that living in the parental home is damaging to genY well-being, that they are living some sort of ‘failure to launch’ stereotype. This assumption needs to be challenged. While many young adults may only live at home out of necessity (related to debt, jobs and housing), for others it is a positive choice that contributes to their well-being, a significant value shift about what it means to be an (independent) adult.
• How do young adults with experience of co-residence define 'home' and 'adulthood'? Around the world co-residence of parents and young adult children is more common, yet it is an under explored development in Canada. What are the consequences of co-residence on genY's sense of independence and adult identity? How do they (re)define 'home'?