Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

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

Contact details

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

Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a 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.

Qualifications

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

Postgraduate supervision

Interest in supervising students with similar research interests.

Research

Current research projects

  • ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (Phase III). ‘Pathways to socio-economic and civic-political inclusion of ethnic minorities in Britain and Canada: The influence of family capital’. Principal investigator (2016-2017).
  • ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme. ‘Unity out of diversity? Perspectives on the adaptations of immigrants in Britain’. Principal investigator (2013-2016).

Research interests

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

Publications

Articles

Lessard-Phillips, L., Boliver, V., Pampaka, M., & Swain, D. (2018). Exploring ethnic differences in the post-university destinations of Russell Group graduates. Ethnicities.

Lessard-Phillips, L., Galandini, S., de Valk, H., & Fibbi, R. (2017). Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: The challenges of including and comparing the children of immigrants in European survey data. In Situating Children of Migrants across Borders and Origins: A Methodological Overview (pp. 25-53). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-1141-6_2 

Lessard-Phillips, L. (2017). Exploring the Dimensionality of Ethnic Minority Adaptation in Britain: An Analysis across Ethnic and Generational Lines. Sociology, 51(3), 626-645. DOI: 10.1177/0038038515609030 

Lessard-Phillips, L., & Li, Y. (2017). Social Stratification of Education by Ethnic Minority Groups over Generations in the UK. Social Inclusion, 5(1), 45-54. DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i1.799 

Lessard-Phillips, L., & Galandini, S. (2017). The Role of Universities in Supporting a Community Asset Approach. In If you could do one thing…: 10 local actions to promote social integration (pp. 87). (“If you could do one thing…”). London: British Academy. 

Sobolewska, M., Galandini, S., & Lessard-Phillips, L. (2017). The public view of immigrant integration: multidimensional and consensual. Evidence from survey experiments in the UK and the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(1), 58-79. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1248377

Lessard-Phillips, L. (2016). Richard Alba & Nancy Foner, Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe. European Sociological Review, 32(2), pp. 321-323.

Fieldhouse, E., Lessard-Phillips, L., and Edmonds, B. (2016). Cascade or echo chamber? A complex agent-based simulation of voter turnout. Party Politics, 22(2), pp. 241-256.

Lessard-Phillips, L. (2015). Exploring the Dimensionality of Ethnic Minority Adaptation in Britain: An Analysis across Ethnic and Generational Lines. Sociology, Online before print.

Bean, F. B., Brown, S. K., Bachmeier, J., Fokkema, T. and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2012). The dimensions and degree of second-generation incorporation in US and European cities: A comparative study of inclusion and exclusion. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 53(3), pp. 181-209.

Fokkema, T., Lessard-Phillips, L., Bachmeier, J. and Brown, S. (2012). The Link Between the Transnational Behaviour and Integration of the Second Generation in European and American Cities. Does the context of reception matter? Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2 (2), pp. 111-123.

Rothon, C., Heath, A. and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2009). The educational attainments of the Second Generation: A comparative study of Britain, Canada and the US. Teachers College Record, 111(6), pp. 1404-1443.

Fisher, Stephen D., Lessard-Phillips, L., Hobolt, S. B. and Curtice, J. (2008). Disengaging voters: Do plurality systems discourage the less knowledgeable from voting? Electoral Studies, 27(1). 89-104.

Book chapters

Lessard-Phillips, L., Galandini, S., Valk, H. de, and Fibbi, R. (forthcoming). Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: The challenges of comparing the second generation in survey data. In C. Bolzman, L. Bernardi, and J-M LeGoff, eds., Second Generation transition to adulthood and intergenerational relations. Exploring Methodological Issues and Innovations. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Lessard-Phillips, L., Brinbaum, Y. and Heath, A. (2014). The choice of academic and vocational tracks in upper secondary education. In A. F. Heath and Y. Brinbaum, eds., Unequal Attainments: Ethnic Educational Inequalities in Ten Western Countries. Oxford: OUP/British Academy. Proceedings of the British Academy 196.

Lessard-Phillips, L., Fleischmann, F. and Elsas, E, van (2014). Ethnic Minorities in Ten Western Countries: Migration Flows, Policies and Institutional Differences. In A. F. Heath and Y. Brinbaum, eds., Unequal Attainments: Ethnic Educational Inequalities in Ten Western Countries. Oxford: OUP/British Academy. Proceedings of the British Academy 196.

Bachmeier, J., Lessard-Phillips, L. and Fokkema, T. (2013). The gendered dynamics of integration and transnational engagement among second-generation adults in Europe. In L. Oso and N. Ribas-Mateos, eds. The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Groenewold, G. and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2012). Research methodology. In M Crul, J Schneider & F Lelie, eds. The European second generation compared: Does the integration context matter? Chicago: University of Chicago Press, and Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp.39-56.

Lessard-Phillips, L, Fibbi, R and Wanner, P (2012). Assessing the labour market position and its determinants for the second generation. In M Crul, J Schneider & F Lelie, eds. The European second generation compared: Does the integration context matter? Chicago: University of Chicago Press, and Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., pp.164-224.

Lessard-Phillips, L. and Ross, C. (2012). The TIES respondents and their parents: Background socio-demographic characteristics. In M Crul, J Schneider & F Lelie, eds. The European second generation compared: Does the integration context matter? Chicago: University of Chicago Press, and Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., pp.164-224., pp. 57-100.

Reisel, L, Lessard-Phillips, L and Kasinitz, P (2012). The second generation joins the labor market. In M. Crul & J Mollenkopf, eds., The changing face of world cities: The second generation in Europe and the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Pp. 97-128.

Lessard-Phillips, L. (2008). An examination of educational attainment of second generation immigrants in Britain. In K. Halldén, E. le Grand and Z. Hellgren, eds., Ethnicity and Social Divisions: Contemporary Research in Sociology. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Pp. 171-208.

Curtice, J., Fisher, S. and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2007). Proportional representation and the disappearing voter. In A. Park, J. Curtice, K. Thomson, M. Phillips and M. Johnson, eds., British Social Attitudes: The 23rd Report – Perspectives on a changing society. London: Sage, Pp. 119-141.

Working Papers

Lessard-Phillips, L., Galandini, S., Valk, H. de, and Fibbi, R. (2015). Damned if you do, damned if you dont: The challenges of comparing the second generation in survey data. NIDI Working Paper 2015/01.

Sobolewska, M., Galandini, S., and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2015). What makes a well-integrated immigrant? Immigrant agency, a public consensus and a policy preference divergence. CMIST Working Paper Series.

Policy briefings

Lessard-Phillips, L, and Galandini, S. (2015). Immigrant integration in British society. ESRC Evidence Briefing.

Lessard-Phillips, L., Swain, D., Pampaka, M., and Nwabuzo, O. (2014). When education isn’t enough: Labour market outcomes of ethnic minority graduates at elite universities. Runnymede Trust Policy Briefing.