Dr Marisol Reyes

Dr Marisol Reyes

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow
Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Marisol Reyes has been the research leader of the Community Sponsorship Scheme (CSS) directed by Professor Jenny Phillimore since 2017. The scheme was implemented by the British government to enable community groups to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. 

Marisol has focused her research on the motivations and experience of the organisers and volunteers around the resettlement plan before the sponsored families arrive. It also includes the experiences of hospitality provided to the families once they are in residence, assessing the support that they have received and their challenges of integration in the wider community. Currently she is exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the support provided by the CSS volunteers.


  • PhD Political Behaviour, Government Department, University of Essex, United Kingdom (2007)
  • Master Degree in Latin American Studies, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Policy, Georgetown University, United States (2003).
  • BA (Hons) International Relations (First Class) National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (1991)


Dr Marisol Reyes is a scholar with eight years-experience working as a civil servant in international affairs on projects related with citizenship and civic education with the United Nations (UN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, and Organisation of American States.

As an academic she has been a lecturer since 2005 at Essex University, UK; University of Minnesota, USA; and Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. She has been a visiting scholar at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. She was awarded prestigious Fulbright and Scholars in Residence (SIR) scholarships; she was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota; Mexican Ministry of Education; McArthur-Ford-Hewlett Foundation; and Organization of American States.

Dr Reyes is qualified in different quantitative and qualitative methods of social research. Since 2016, she has been a research fellow at the University of Birmingham working on different projects in relation to migrants and refugee resettlement in the UK, community cohesion, community connectivity. She also worked with the School of Education at the University of Birmingham on a project for children with disabilities in Malawi.

At the Institute for Research into Superdiveristy (IRiS) in the University of Birmingham she has been the research lead since 2017 for the Community Sponsorship Scheme (CSS) directed by Professor Jenny Phillimore. Her research has focused on the motivations and experience of the organisers and volunteers around the resettlement plan and funding before the sponsored families arrive. It also includes the kind of hospitality provided to the families once they are in residence, and the challenges experienced with the wider community.

Recent research includes the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the support and integration of the refugee families sponsored by the scheme. She also volunteers supporting asylum seekers with the charities the Refugee Council and Brushstrokes in Birmingham.



Research interests

Modalities of private hospitality towards refugees in the UK and countries with private Community Sponsorship

Impact of different forms of private hospitality in the integration process of refugees and assimilation in the wider community 

Resettlement of refugees, social cohesion and connectivity

Other activities

Volunteer in a support group for women at the Refugee Council Birmingham.
Volunteer in the Asylum Guides Programme, Brushstrokes-Refugee Action, Smethwick.
Mentor in the Community Practitioner Programme, USE-IT, University of Birmingham
Member of Birmingham Partners.


Book Chapters

Reynes, M. (2017). The challenges of governing under adversity: Zedillo and Calderón. In Presidentialism and Democracy in Latin America. Eds. Alcántara, Manuel; Blondel, Jean and Thiebault, Jean-Luis. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London.  ISBN: 978‐1‐138‐08207‐6

Reynes, M. (2015). The significance of being a Mexican academic woman in rural Minnesota. In Women in Academia Crossing North–South Borders: Gender, Race, and Displacement. Eds. Barahona and Zarashiro, Z. Lexington Series, New York: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-1-4985-1769-0

Reynes, M. (2010). El proceso de institucionalización de las izquierdas de Chile, Brasil y México: Un estudio comparado. In Las Revoluciones Necesarias en América Latina. Eds. Leetoy, S and Lemus, D.Guadalajara: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara.  ISBN: 9786075010250

Journals and Articles

Philimore, J; Cavallo, G; Nicholson, N; Reyes, M. (2021) “I have felt so much joy” – the role of emotions in the UK’s Community Sponsorship Resettlement, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 24 of March, DOI:10.1007/s11266-021-00349-3 

Reyes, M. (2015) Democracia Autoritara. Book review of Nuestra tragedia Persistente by Lorenzo Meyer, CONFINES, ITESM- Campus Monterrey, Autum. ISSN1870-3569 

Reynes, M. (2011) The effect of electoral alliances on Mexican party institutionalization: A comparative study of local elections in Sinaloa, Puebla, and Oaxaca”. Retos Internacionales, ITESM-Campus Querétaro, Autum.

Reynes, M. (2009) The challenge of doing research on voter turnout in Latin American transitional democracies, Retos Internacionales, ITESM-Campus Querétaro, Spring.

Reynes, M. (1995). Gobernabilidad y Elecciones en Yucatán. El Cotidiano, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, UAM-Xochimilco. October, Num. 72, 1995. ISSN: 0186-1840

Published reports

Phillimore, J. Reyes, M and Hassan, S. (2020) Community Sponsorship in the UK: Formative Evaluation 2017-2020. 

Phillimore, J. Reyes, M. (2019) Community Sponsorship in the UK: from application to integration; July 2019.  

Reyes and Phillimore (2020). Community Sponsorship in the UK: Wider Impact

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