Dr Rachel Humphris

Dr Rachel Humphris

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Contact details

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

Rachel Humphris is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. She is interested in international migration, citizenship, urban diversity, race/ethnicity, gender 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). Winner of Special Achievement Prize University of Durham


Dr Rachel Humphris is a political anthropologist who 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. Her DPhil research won the Green Templeton Human Welfare Prize, University of Oxford. She was also a visiting doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Dr Humphris is the UK Coordinator of the European Website on Integration. She is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. 

Dr Humphris has researched migration, citizenship, gender and race for more than a decade. She leads the University’s ‘University of Sanctuary’ initiative and the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology ‘Migration and Asylum’ research stream. 

Dr Humphris has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (2018 – 2021) to research the transatlantic sanctuary movement. 

She has also worked for numerous UN and international agencies including UNHCR, International Organisation on Migration, World Health Organisation and the OECD.


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

Postgraduate supervision

Rachel is interested in supervising postgraduates students who have the following interests: 

  • Urban diversity
  • City-level migration and diversity policies
  • Civil society organisations
  • Migrant motherhood
  • Street-level bureaucracy
  • Roma migration and mobility
  • Gendered citizenship and belonging


  • Welcoming Cities? Understanding sanctuary in securitised states, Leverhulme Trust, University of Birmingham
  • EU families and 'eurochildren' in Brexiting Britain: renegotiating inclusion, citizenship and belonging, ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe, University of Birmingham
  • 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

Other activities

  • Associate editorial board member, Sociology
  • Member of the American Association of Geographers
  • Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Member of the European Academic Network in Romani Studies, European Commission and Council of Europe



Humphris, R (2019) Home-land: Romanian Roma, domestic space and the state Bristol: University of Bristol Press.

Book chapters 

Humphris, R., & Bradby, H. (2017) Health Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. 

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Humphris, R., (in press) ‘Mutating faces of the state? Austerity, new migration and faith based volunteers in a downscaled urban area’ Sociological Review 

Bradby, H., Humphris R., and Padilla, B (in press) ‘Universalism, diversity and norms: Gratitude, healthcare and welfare chauvinism’ Critical Public Health 

Humphris, R., (2018) On the threshold: becoming Romanian Roma, everyday racism and residency rights in transition, Social Identities, 24:4, 505-519, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2017.1335831 

Humphris, R., and Sigona N., (2017) ‘Outsourcing the ‘best interests’ of unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in the era of austerity’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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

Humphris, R., (2017) ‘On the threshold: Becoming Romanian Roma and everyday racism during UK transitional controls’ Social Identities DOI:10.1080/13504630.2017.1335831

William Allen, Bridget Anderson, Nicholas Van Hear, Madeleine Sumption, Franck Düvell, Jennifer Hough, Lena Rose, Rachel Humphris, and Sarah Walker (2017) ‘Who Counts in Crises? The New Geopolitics of International Migration and Refugee Governance’ Geopolitics DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2017.1327740

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.