Dr Nicky Busch is a lecturer at Birkbeck, the University of London; NYU in London; and Richmond, the American University in London. Her research looks at migration and gendered labour markets. Nicky has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Between 2012 and 2014 she was working with Dr Rosie Cox on the ESRC-funded project ‘Au Pairing After the Au Pair Scheme: New Migration Rules and Childcare in Private Homes in the UK’ at Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr Busch is currently working on a monograph based on the findings from this project to be published by Zed Books in 2017.


Cox, R and Busch, N (in preparation) As an Equal? ‘Au Pairing in the Twenty First Century‘, Zed Books.

Refereed journal articles

Cox, R and Busch, N (2016) “’This is the life I want’: Au pairs’ perceptions of life in the global city”, Nordic Journal of Migration Research

Busch, N (2014) Au pairs within a global political economy of care: outcomes of a deregulated childcare market and au pair policy vacuum in the UK, Papers in Political Economy/ La revue Interventions économiques.

Busch, N (2012) The employment of migrant nannies in the UK: negotiating social class in an open market for commoditised in-home care, Social and Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2012.736528.

Book chapters

Cox, R and Busch N (2016) ‘Gendered work and citizenship: experiences of au pairing in the UK’.  In Gullikstad, B., Kristensen, G. K. and Ringrose, P (Eds) Paid Domestic Labour in a Changing Europe: Questions of Gender Equality and Gendered Citizenship.  London, Palgrave MacMillan

Busch, N (2014) ‘When work doesn’t pay: rationales and outcomes of constructing au pairing outside the UK labour market’ in Cox, R (ed) Au Pairs: a Global Perspective, Palgrave.

Cox, R and Busch, N (2014) ‘Trabajadoras domésticas latinoamericanas en Londres’ in Durin, S; De la O Martinez, M. E and Bastos, S (eds) Trabajadoras en la Sombra: Dimensiones Del Empleo Doméstico Latinoamericano CIESAS y la EGAP/Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.

Busch, N (2012), ‘Deprofessionalisation and Informality in the Market for Commoditised Care‘, in Ragnhild Aslaug Sollund (ed.) Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights (Advances in Ecopolitics, Volume 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.53-75.

Media coverage

The Guardian

The Times

Woman’s Hour

The London Evening Standard