Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Research Fellow, IRiS

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a Senior Research Fellow who joined the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in May 2016. Her main research interests lie in the perceptions, measurement, and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation; ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market; the transnational behaviour across immigrant generations; and social inequalities and social mobility. She is currently leading two ESRC research projects, one looking into perceptions and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation in academia, policy, and public opinion (Future Research Leaders 2013-2016) and the other on pathways to socio-economic and civic-political inclusion of ethnic minorities and the influence of family capital (SDAI Phase 3 2016-2017). She previously worked at the University of Manchester (2010-2016) and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (2009-2010). She obtained her doctorate in Sociology from Nuffield College (Oxford); her thesis explored ethnic inequalities in education for the second generation in Canada and Britain.


  • DPhil (Nuffield College, Oxon)
  • MSc (Nuffield College, Oxon)
  • BA (McGill University)


  • Perceptions, measurement, and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation;
  • Adaptation outcomes in national and comparative perspectives;
  • Ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market;
  • Use pf agent-based models to investigate issues linked to immigration and superdiversity;
  • Transnational behaviour across immigrant generations;
  • Social inequalities and social mobility


Recent publications


Fajth, V & Lessard-phillips, L 2022, 'Multidimensionality in the Integration of First- and Second-Generation Migrants in Europe: A Conceptual and Empirical Investigation', International Migration Review, pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/01979183221089290

Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J & Lessard-Phillips, L 2022, 'Vulnerable migrants’ access to healthcare in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK', Public Health, vol. 203, pp. 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.12.008

Edmonds, B, Hales, D & Lessard-Phillips, L 2020, 'Simulation models of ethnocentrism and diversity: an introduction to the special issue', Social Science Computer Review, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 359-364. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439318824316

Lemos, C, Gore, R, Lessard-Phillips, L & Shults, FL 2019, 'A network agent-based model of ethnocentrism and intergroup cooperation', Quality and Quantity: The European Journal of Methodology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-019-00856-y

Galandini, S, Mulvey, G & Lessard-Phillips, L 2019, 'Stuck between mainstreaming and localism: views on the practice of migrant integration in a devolved policy framework', Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 20, pp. 685–702. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-018-0626-5


Lessard-Phillips, L & Nagai, N 2021, Empirical perspectives on citizenship and migration: the challenge of capturing complexity. in M Giugni & M Grasso (eds), Handbook of Citizenship and Migration. Edward Elgar, pp. 37–51. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789903133.00009


Lessard-Phillips, L, Papoutsi, A, Sigona, N & Ziss, P (eds) 2023, Migration, displacement and diversity: The IRiS anthology. Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford.

Commissioned report

Jones, L, Phillimore, J, Fu, L, Hourani, J, Lessard-Phillips, L & Tatem, B 2022, "They just left me.” Asylum seekers, health, and access to healthcare in initial and contingency accommodation. Doctors of the World UK, London. <https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DOTW-Access-to-healthcare-in-initial-and-contingency-accommodation-report-April-2022.pdf>

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Heath, A & Lessard-Phillips, L 2019, Inequality and the Structure of Educational Opportunity and Institutions. in Sage Handbook of International Migration. SAGE Publications. <https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-international-migration/book245296>

Other contribution

Besana, M, Lessard-Phillips, L, Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A & Phillimore, J 2021, How the ‘hostile environment’ and online-only services stop the vulnerable from using the NHS. London School of Economics and Political Science. <https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2021/09/22/how-the-hostile-environment-and-online-only-services-stop-the-vulnerable-from-using-the-nhs/ >

Other report

Lessard-Phillips, L, Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J & Dayoub, R 2021, Barrier to wellbeing: Migration and vulnerability during the pandemic. Doctors of the World UK, London. <https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Barriers-to-wellbeing-09.21.pdf>

Lessard-Phillips, L, Fajth, V & Fernández-Reino, M 2020, Migrants’ social relationships, identity and civic participation in the UK. Migration Observatory Briefing. <https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/briefings/migrants-social-relationships-identity-and-civic-participation-in-the-uk/>

Lessard-Phillips, L, Roberts, G & Phillimore, J 2020, Policy and politics of migration post-1945. IRiS Working Paper, no. 40.

Lessard-Phillips, L 2019, EU nationals and their children in Scotland. Eurochildren Brief Series, no. 7. <https://eurochildrenblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/eurochildren-brief-7-lessard-phillips-scotland.pdf>

Special issue

Loughran, T, Fieldhouse, E, Lessard-Phillips, L & Bentley, L 2020, 'Disruptive Norms: assessing the impact of ethnic minority immigration on non-immigrant voter turnout using a complex model', Social Science Computer Review, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 422-442. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439318824264

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