Rachel Humphris

Rachel Humphris

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Rachel Humphris is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her research interests lie in migration, urban diversity and qualitative methods. She is also the UK Coordinator for the European Website on Integration.

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  • DPhil in Anthropology, University of Oxford (2016)
  • MPhil in Migration Studies, University of Oxford (2009)
  • BA (Hons) in Classics (First Class), University of Durham (2007)


Rachel joined the School of Social Policy in October 2015. She completed a DPhil in Anthropology at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford in November 2016. She was also a visiting doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Rachel’s research brings together innovative qualitative methods in migration studies with the anthropology of the state and the critical study of race. Her work examines the interplay between policies and practices of membership and belonging focusing on social inequality.  

Rachel’s broader research interests include migration, urban and diversity studies, governmentality, citizenship, social inequality, and belonging. She has been involved wide-ranging research on migration related diversity, minorities and social policymaking. This has included research on access to health, maternity, well-being in ageing societies, education, housing, grassroots activity and civil society actions.


  • Social policy futures (Module Coordinator)
  • New Migration and superdiversity (Contributor)
  • Globalisation, international migration and citizenship (Contributor)


  • Becoming adult: Conceptions of futures and wellbeing among young people subject to immigration control in the UK, University of Birmingham
  • UPWEB: Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage, University of Birmingham
  • The Role of Further and Higher Education as a Pathway from Poverty, University of Birmingham
  • Migration and Toleration in Western Europe, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Public health aspects of migrant health: the evidence on health status for refugees and asylum seekers in the European Region, World Health Organisation, Copenhagen
  • KING: Knowledge for Integration Governance, Foundation for Initiatives and Studies on Multi-Ethnicity, Milan
  • Welfare, neighbourhood and new geographies of diversity, COMPAS, University of Oxford
  • Flourish: the long term care revolution and aspirational ageing, COMPAS, University of Oxford
  • Making the most of EU Funds for Sustainable Housing and Inclusion of disadvantaged Roma (explicitly but not exclusively targeted), United Nations Development Programme, Bratislava
  • Sinai and related routes: trafficking and smuggling from Eritrea to Egypt and Israel, Policy Development and Evaluation Service United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Humphris, R. (2016) ‘Borders of home: Roma migrant mothers negotiating boundaries in home encounters.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1227698.

Humphris, R. (2016) ‘Migrant, Roma and Post-Colonial Youth in Education Across Europe. Being “Visibly Different.”’ European Education, 48:1, 82-83

Humphris, R. and Abuhaloob L., (2015) ‘A Double or Triple Burden for Palestinian Children Residing in Gaza Refugee Camps?’ Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies Volume 4/5 Issue 2: 89 - 93.

Humphris, R. (2013) ‘European Union Enlargement and Roma Migrants’ Welfare: The Role of Changing Migration Status in UK Education Policy and Practice.’ Human Welfare 2, 26-35.

Humphris, R. (2013) ‘Refugees and Rashaida: Human smuggling and trafficking from Eritrea to Sudan and Egypt’ New Issues in Refugee Research No. 254. March 2013.

International / national research reports

Humphris, R. & Sigona, N. (2016) ‘Children and Un/Safe Migration in Europe’ Berlin: IOM. 

Humphris, R. & Sigona, N. (2016) ‘Mapping unaccompanied asylum seeking children in England’, Becoming Adult Research Brief, no. 1, London: UCL.

Bradby, H., Humphris, R., Newall, D., Mahmud, A. & Phillimore, J. (2015) ‘Accessibility and quality of health care delivery for refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants: which policies and interventions work?’  WHO Europe Health Evidence Network Report.  Venice: WHO.

Phillimore, J., Humphris, R., & Khan, K., in Gilardoni, G., D’Odorico, & Carrillo, D. eds. (2015) KING Knowledge for Integration Governance: evidence on migrants’ integration in Europe.  Milan: Foundazione ISMU.