Professor Jenny Phillimore

Jenny Phillimore, Senior Lecturer, IASS

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Contact details

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

Jenny Phillimore is Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity. She 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 is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Academy of the Social Sciences. She has advised local, regional, national and European Government. She currently leads the ESRC/Norface funded UPWEB project which is developing a new concept of welfare bricolage to explore how residents in superdiverse areas address health concerns.


  • 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; Refugee and migrant health and migrant maternity.

Other activities

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and British Sociological Association
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Member of the Social Policy Association
  • Member of IMISCOE



Phillimore, J., Humphris, R. & Khan, K. (2017) Reciprocity for new migrant integration: resource conservation, investment and exchange.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration

Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. & Phillimore, J. (2017) Introduction: rethinking integration.  New perspectives on adaption and settlement in the era of superdiversity.  Journal and Ethnic and Migration studies.

McCabe, A. & Phillimore, J. (2017) Getting below the radar: understanding community groups and activities in the UK.  Bristol: Policy Press.


Cheung, S. & Phillimore, J. (2016) Gender and refugee integration: a quantitative analysis of integration and social policy outcomes.  Journal of Social Policy.

Lindenmeyer, A., Redwood, S., Griffith, L, Teladia, Z. & Phillimore, J. (2016) Experiences of primary care professionals providing healthcare to recently arrived migrants: a qualitative study.  BMJ OPen doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012561

Lindenmeyer, A., Redwood, S., Griffith, L., Ahmed, S. & Phillimore, J.  (2016) Recent migrants' perspectives on antibiotic use and prescribing: a qualitative study.British Journal of General Practice

Pemberton, S. & Phillimore, J. (2016) Migrant place-making in superdiverse neighbourhoods: Moving beyond ethno-national approaches.  Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098016656988

Bakker, L., Cheung, S. & Phillimore, J. (2016) The Asylum-Integration Paradox: Comparing Asylum Support Systems and Refugee Integration in The Netherlands and the UK International Migration DOI: 10.1111/imig.12251

Phillimore, J. & Bradby, H. (2016). In Raphael, D. Ed. Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences and Health Outcomes in the UK.   In Immigration, Public Policy, and health: newcomer experiences in developed nations. Newcomer experiences in developed nations.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press pp133-156.

Phillimore, J. (2016) On superdiversity.  In Geldorf, D. Superdiversity. ACCO books: Antwerp

Phillimore, J. & Bradby, H. (in press for 2015) Immigration and health in the UK.  Raphael, D. ed.  Immigration in Modern Nations: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.


Phillimore (2015) Superdiversity and social policy.  In Vertovec, S. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Diversity.  London: Routledge.

Phillimore, J. (2015) Migration and social policy.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press.

Phillimore, J. (2015) 'Migrant maternity in an era of superdiversity: new migrants' access to, and experience of, antenatal care in the West Midlands, UK,' Social Science & Medicine, Available online 25 November 2015, ISSN 0277-9536,

Phillimore, J. (2015) Embedded integration and organisational change in housing providers in the UK.  Social Policy and Society.  DOI: 10.1017/S1474746415000639

 Phillimore, J. & McCabe, A. (2015) Small scale civil society and social policy: importance of experiential learning, insider knowledge and diverse motivations in shaping community action.  Voluntary Sector Review 6 (2)

Phillimore, J. (2015) Delivering maternity services in an era of superdiversity: the challenges of novelty and newness Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies


Phillimore, J (2014), Diversity and social welfare. In Vertovec, W (ed), Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies. London: Routledge.

Phillimore, J (2014), Delivering maternity services in an era of superdiversity: The challenges of novelty and newness, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

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

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).

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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Communities and Cohesion

Migrant and refugee integration.  Access to welfare in superdiverse areas