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Program: PhD (Human Geography)
Supervisor: Dr. Eugene McCann
MA, Geography, Simon Fraser University
Thesis: Policy Frontiers: City-Regional Politics of Poverty and Drug Policy Mobility
BA (Hons.), Geography, University of British Columbia
I am a PhD student in the Department of Geography. As a geographer and health policy researcher, I am interested in the spatial, political-economic, and social dimensions of health care policymaking. My research is concerned with the political and economic geographies of health care reform in Canada and internationally. Conceptually, I am interested in how primary care reforms across high-income jurisdictions are reshaping the roles of government, civil society, and the private sector in the provision of care and governance of public health care systems. It seeks to understand what effects these changes have on citizens served by these public health care systems, and how political and policy struggles over the marketization of public health care are expressed through and influenced by primary care reforms.
Through critical comparative analysis, this research seeks to explain how the political and economic aspects of primary care reform shape whether jurisdictions are successful – or not – in their efforts to improve population health and contain health care costs within a context of government fiscal pressure.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Banerjee, A., McGregor, M., Ponder, S., & Longhurst, A. (2021). Long-Term Care Facility Workers’ Perceptions of the Impact of Subcontracting on their Conditions of Work and the Quality of Care: A Qualitative Study in British Columbia. Canadian Journal on Aging. https://doi.org/10.1017/S071498082100012X
Sturm, T., Mercille, J., Albrecht, T., Cole, J., Dodds, K., & Longhurst, A. (2021). Interventions in critical health geopolitics: Borders, rights, and conspiracies in the COVID-19 pandemic. Political Geography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102445
Ponder, C. S., Longhurst, A., and McGregor, M. (2020) Contracting-out care: The socio-spatial politics of nursing home care at the intersection of British Columbia’s labour, land, and capital markets. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2399654420960489
Longhurst, A., Ponder, S., & McGregor, M. (2019). Labour Restructuring and Nursing Home Privatization in British Columbia, Canada. In P. Armstrong & H. Armstrong (Eds.), The Privatization of Care: The Case of Nursing Homes (pp. 102-122). London: Routledge.
Longhurst, A., & McCann, E. (2017). Political struggles on a frontier of harm reduction drug policy: Geographies of constrained policy mobility. In S. Williams & B. Warf (Eds.), Drugs, Law, People, Place and the State: Ongoing Regulation, Resistance and Change (pp. 109-123).
London: Routledge. [Invited reprint from Space & Polity article]
Longhurst, A., & McCann, E. (2016). Political struggles on a frontier of harm reduction drug policy: Geographies of constrained policy mobility. Space & Polity, 20(1), 109-123.
Longhurst, A. (2012). Aestheticization and Consumption in Advanced Capitalism: The Woodward’s Redevelopment as a Landscape of Class Power. Trail Six, 6, 2-18
Selected Research Reports
Longhurst, A. (2020). Assisted Living in British Columbia: Trends in Access, Ownership, and Affordability. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office.
Longhurst, A., and Cohen, M. (2019). The Importance of Community Health Centres in BC’s Primary Care Reforms: What the Research Tells Us. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office. 9 pp.
Longhurst, A. (2019). How (and how much) doctors are paid: why it matters. Policy Note. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office.
Longhurst, A. (2017). Privatization and Declining Access to BC Seniors’ Care: An Urgent Call for Policy Change. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office. 32 pp.
Longhurst, A., Cohen, M., McGregor, M. (2016). Reducing Surgical Wait Times: The Case for Public Innovation and Provincial Leadership. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office. 56 pp.
Longhurst, A. (2014). Precarious: Temporary Agency Work in British Columbia. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—BC Office. 44 pp.