Professor Jenny Phillimore


Jenny Phillimore is the Founding Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the RSA.

Her research interests span refugee integration with a particular focus on health, housing and social networks and access to healthcare in superdiverse neighbourhoods.

She has led multiple research projects for funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Union, the Home Office and research foundations.

She frequently appears in the media discussing superdiversity and integration and has advised Governments in the UK, Australia, and Europe.

Jenny has published widely in leading academic journals such as Social Science and Medicine, BMJ, Urban Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Policy and Politics and Journal of Social Policy.

She currently leads two major international projects:

  1. Welfare Bricolage examining healthcare seeking behaviours and provision in superdiverse areas (Norface)

  2. SEREDA exploring refugees resilience and vulnerability to sexual and gender based violence in the refugee crisis (Europe and Global Challenges).

In the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme, Jenny is working on Comparing UK Care Systems: prospects, developments and differentiation in the four UK nations.

Research and publications

Phillimore, J. and Grzymala-Kazlowska, A., (2019) Superdiversity and Its Relevance for Central and Eastern European Migration Studies. The Case of Polish Migrants in the UK. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 8(2), pp.39-59.

Phillimore, J., Bradby, H. and Brand, T., (2019) Superdiversity, population health and healthcare: opportunities and challenges in a changing world. Public Health DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2019.01.007

Bradby, H., Phillimore, J., Padilla, B. and Brand, T. (2019) Making gendered healthcare work visible: overlooked labour in four diverse European settings. Social Inclusion 7 (2) 33-43

Wessendorf, S. and Phillimore, J., (2019). New migrants’ social integration, embedding and emplacement in superdiverse contexts. Sociology, p.0038038518771843.

Phillimore, J. Sigona, N. and Tonkiss, K. Editors (2017) Multilevel governance of superdiversity in Europe. Special Issue of Policy and Politics

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

Cheung, S. and 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. and Phillimore, J. (2016) Experiences of primary care professionals providing healthcare to recently arrived migrants: a qualitative study. BMJ Open

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