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Emily Erickson

Research interests

Emily has particular research interests in migration and migrant labour, low wage and informal work, racial equity in labour markets, and job quality and access. As an urban planner, Emily is particularly interested in how labour markets and public policy can shape local community development. Emily utilises mixed methods ranging from focus groups and semi structured interviews to case studies and surveys.

Academic profile

Emily Erickson joined the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick in May 2022. Before joining IER, Emily worked as an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Alabama A&M University where she taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. While there, Emily served as Principal Investigator on a project examining job quality and employment access in the U.S. South. Other research includes mobility and commute patterns among minority ethnic groups, and studies examining workers in low-wage industries such as carwashes and resorts.

Current projects

All projects

Selected publications

Erickson, E. and Herbert, B. (2023). Job quality and community well-being in Mississippi and Alabama's manufacturing facilities. Jobs to Move America.

Dickinson, P., and Erickson, E. (2022). Profiling employers involved in Apprenticeship Trailblazer groups. Gatsby Foundation.

Berglund, Lisa and Emily Erickson. Transportation justice is needed throughout the supply chain. Progressive City Magazine. August 2021. Erickson, Emily (2021).

Are Good Jobs Possible In The Deep South: Report on Anniston, Alabama A Southern Manufacturing Community. Available from

Berglund, Lisa, Emily Erickson, and Hugo Saramiento (2017). A Report on the PhD Experience: Calling for a Dialogue on Diversity, Labor Practices, and the Future of Social Justice Scholarship. Critical Planning Journal, 23. Available from Erickson, Emily,

Victor Narro, Janna Shadduck Hernandez and Abel Valenzuela Jr. (2016). Conveying Carwash Owners’ Stories: Competition, Diversity and Growth in the Southern California Carwash Industry. UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. Available from Valenzuela, Abel and Emily Erickson

All publications

All conference presentations


Alabama A&M University Department of Community & Regional Planning:

Undergraduate Courses

  • Cities of the World (Spring 2022) – New course development, offered asynchronously
  • The Community & You (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021) - Developed for asynchronous delivery 2020
  • Social Equity in Planning (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021) - Developed for asynchronous delivery 2020
  • Demographic Analysis (Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021)
  • Practicum I (Spring 2020)
  • Senior Project (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  • Urban Economic Analysis (Fall 2017)

Graduate courses:

  • Urban Economics (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Planning (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  • Terminal Research Proposal (Spring 2018)


Emily Erickson

Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)024 76 150942
Fax: +44(0)24 76 524241

Emily dot Erickson at warwick dot ac dot uk