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


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 2017, 'Exploring the Dimensionality of Ethnic Minority Adaptation in Britain: An Analysis across Ethnic and Generational Lines', Sociology, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 626-645. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038515609030


Lessard-Phillips, L 2018, Beyond shared background? The Inclusion of Commonwealth Citizens in the UK in Education and the Labour Market. in A Boujou & E Andreas (eds), Similar but Different Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrant Communities Sharing Similar Cultural Backgrounds with Their Host Societies . < https://population-europe.eu/file/3055/download?token=HkCtz-r6>

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. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 25-53. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1141-6_2

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 report

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>

Lessard-Phillips, L & Sigona, N 2019, UK-born children of EU nationals in the UK. Eurochildren Research Brief Series, no.5 . <https://eurochildrenblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/eurochildren-uk-born-children-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-historical-national-and-local-perspectives.pdf>

Lessard-Phillips, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J, Hamid, F & Jones, L 2019, Vulnerable migrants and wellbeing: A pilot study. Nuffield Foundation Report. <https://mk0nuffieldfounpg9ee.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Final20report20-20February20201920-20Project20433831.pdf>

Lessard-Phillips, L & Sigona, N 2018, Mapping EU citizens in the UK: a changing profile?. <https://eurochildren.info/2018/07/24/mapping-eu-citizens-in-the-uk-a-changing-profile/>

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

Lessard-Phillips, L, Boliver, V, Pampaka, M & Swain, D 2018, 'Exploring ethnic differences in the post-university destinations of Russell Group graduates', Ethnicities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468796818777543

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