Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Applied Social Studies

Jenny Phillimore, Senior Lecturer, IASS

Contact details

School of Social Policy, IASS
Muirhead Tower, Room 840
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Jenny Phillimore has researched widely in the fields of migration and superdiversity. Over the past decade she has managed teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular focus on integration and organisational change in the UK and EU. Jenny co-directs the New Migration and Social Policy MA programme, sits on the University Senate, and is a Fellow of the RSA. She has advised local, regional, national and European Government. As well as working at IASS she is also an investigator at the Third Sector Research Centre where her focus is on social networking and civil society actions and the impacts of grassroots community activity with a specific interest in migrant communities.


  • PhD Urban and Regional Studies, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham (1998)
  • MSc (Distinction), Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham (1995)
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (First Class), Coventry University (1994)


Jenny currently teaches and has responsibilities on four postgraduate modules. These are:

  • Researching social policy (Module Convenor)
  • Introduction to applied social research
  • Prospects in social policy
  • Migration and superdiversity

She teaches and/or has responsibilities on several undergraduate courses. These are:

  • New migration and superdiversity (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Beyond Welfare
  • Prospects in social policy
  • International Perspectives in Social Work

Postgraduate supervision

  • Governance and migration. Danish Research Council Studentship PhD (2011) (Belisa Marochi)
  • Housing needs of Pakistani Muslim women experiencing domestic violence. ESRC/ODPM Case Studentship PhD (2011) (Zahira Latif)
  • Analysing unemployment benefit equality for internal migrant workers PhD (2014) (Ziaolin Yang)
  • Identity and citizenship in second generation Philiponos. Ford Foundation International (2011) (Mark Llangco)
  • Decision-making processes of return migrants participating in voluntary returns programmes (James Lukano Omuson)
  • Exploring the nature of representation in an era of superdiversity (Asif Alfridi). 


New migration and superdiversity; migrant integration and settlement; organisational adaptation and migrant welfare needs; small scale refugee, migrant and ethnic third sector activity; and innovative qualitative research methods.

Other activities

  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Member of the Social Policy Association
  • Member of IMISCOE


Cheung, S.Y. and Phillimore, J. (2014) ‘Refugees, Social Capital and Labour Market Integration in the UK’, Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/0038038513491467

Karnilowicz, W, Ali, L and Phillimore, J (2014), Community research within a social constructionist epistemology: implications for 'scientific rigour'. Community Development, DOI: 10.1080/15571530.2014.936479.

Soteri-Proctor, A, Phillimore, J and McCabe, A (2014), Grassroots civil society at crossroads: Staying on the path to independence or turning onto the UK Government's route to localism? Development in Practice 23(8).

Phillimore, J (2013) Housing, Home and Neighbourhood Renewal in the Era of Superdiversity: Some Lessons from the West Midlands, Housing Studies.

Goodson, L and Phillimore, J (2012) Community research for participation: from theory to method. Bristol: Policy Press.

Phillimore, J (2012) Implementing integration in the UK: lessons for integration theory, policy and practice. Policy and Politics.

Allen, C and Phillimore, J (2011), Reach In evaluation: Building the capacity of housing providers and refugee communities. London: HACT.

Phillimore, J (2011), Approaches to health provision in the age of superdiversity: accessing the NHS in Britain's most diverse city. Critical Social PolicyVolume 31, Issue 1.

Teasdale, S, McKay, S, Phillimore, J and Teasdale, N (2011), 'Exploring gender and social entrepreneurship: women's leadership, employment and participation in the third sector and social enterprises'. Voluntary Sector Review, Vol. 2, No. 1: 57-76.

Phillimore, J (2011), Monitoring for equality? Asylum seekers and refugees' retention and achievement in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), International Journal of Inclusive Education 13(3) 317-330.

Phillimore, J (2010), Vulnerable New Communities Study for Barrow Cadbury Trust, College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham.

Phillimore, J (2010), Refugees, Acculturation Strategies, Stress and Integration. Journal of Social Policy, Available on CJO 2010.

Goodson, L and Phillimore, J (2010), A community research methodology: working with new migrants to develop a policy related evidence base. Social Policy and Society 9(4).

Phillimore, J and Goodson, L (2010), Failing to institutional barriers to RCOs engagement transformation of social welfare. Social Policy and Society, 9(1) pp:181-192.

Phillimore, J, Goodson, L (2008), Making a Place in the Global City - The relevance of indicators of integration, Journal of Refugee Studies, 21: 305-325.

Goodson, L and Phillimore, J (2008), Social capital and integration: the importance of social relationships and social space to refugee women. International Journal of Diversity, 7(6) pp: 181-194.

Phillimore, J, Goodson, L (2006), Problem or Opportunity? Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Employment and Social Exclusion in Deprived Urban Areas, Urban Studies, 43, 10, 1-22 ISBN: 0042-0980.

Authored books
Phillimore, J and Goodson, L (2008) New migrants in the UK: education, training, employment, policy and practice. Trentham.

Edited books
Goodson, L and Phillimore, J (2010), Community research for community participation. Bristol: Policy Press.

Contributions to edited books
Phillimore, J (2009), Restrictionalism vs liberalism? The rupture between asylum and integration in the EU. In Salah, M (ed), Assimilation, multiculturalism or integration in Europe. London: Trentham.

Phillimore, J (2008), Employability initiatives for refugees in the EU: building on good practice. In McKay, S (ed), Refugees, recent migrants and employment challenging barriers and exploring pathways. London: Routledge.


New migration; super-diversity; integration; cohesion; asylum seekers; refugees

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