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Dr Philomena de Lima

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Philomena de Lima pictureQualifications

PhD: Sociology, University of Stirling (2008)

MA (Hons) Sociology. University of Edinburgh (1979)

Main Research Interests

Social justice, poverty and exclusion, equality, ethnicity, race and culture, identities (including intersectionality) and belonging, migration and mobilities, community development studies and climate change/ environment

I am particularly interested in exploring these issues in rural contexts in the UK and cross culturally as well as undertaking comparative studies in both urban and rural settings.

Biographical statement

I am the Director of Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, at the University of the Highlands Islands, based in Inverness, Scotland. The Centre was established in 2004 as the UHI PolicyWeb. I currently supervise three PhD students on topics related to my areas of research interests: community asset ownership, innovation and managing change in rural areas and community involvement in coastal archaeology.  I welcome applications from those wishing to pursue a PhD in areas that overlap or border with my research interests.

I am an Associate Director at the Centre for Research in Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and  a member of the faculty of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) summer institute since 2005.

I undertake research commissioned by a wide range of agencies and some of my current projects are listed below

Current research

2014 - 2021 “The Rural Policy Learning Commons: building rural policy through international comparative analysis”, SSHRC Partnership Grant; I am a Co-investigator with W. Reimer (PI) and 46 others. The project also includes 13 Collaborators and 30 institutional partners.

2013 : 'Developing a resource centre for older people in Inverness' . Dunbar centre

2012 - 2014 'Territorial Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion' (TIPSE). Scottish and Spanish case studies of two remote rural communities . EU ESPON. (Senior Researcher )

2012: Employment and poverty and ethnicity: Employer behaviour and workplace culture, Co –Investigator with Herriot Watt University, Hudson Research and University of London, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (Co-Investigator).

2011- 2012 'Minimum Income Standard in Remote  and Rural Scotland'. Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

2011- 2012: ‘Attracting international Students: Equitable Services & Support, Campus Cohesion and Community Engagement’, Equality Challenge Unit. Co-Investigator with CERES, University of Edinburgh.

2012: Migration: Developing Retention Strategies in Rural Areas – Comparison Canada and UK, University of Manitoba, Rural Development Institute, Canada (Principal Investigator (PI)).

2012: Developing strategic and targetted approaches to addressing inequalities within the context of the Scottish index of Multiple Deprivation in the Highlands, Community Planning Partnership, Highlands. (PI).

2012: ‘Employee Disability Equality Network (EDEN): Assessing the establishment of an employee disability network, Highland Council.

2010- 2013: ‘Performance Survey’ - 2000 sample citizens panel from 2010-2013; Focus groups on Highland Council Performance (2011); Focus Group ‘ Tenants’ view on enhancing housing stock’ (2011), Highland Council (PI).

Selected publications

Chapters and Journal Articles

Copus, A. & de Lima, P. (ed) ( 2014) Territorial Cohesion in Rural Europe - The Relational Turn in Rural Development. London: Routledge .

de Lima, P. ( 2014)  de Lima , P. (2014) Reconciling labour mobility and cohesion policies -the rural experience,  in A. Copus and P. de Lima (ed) Territorial Cohesion in Rural Europe - The Relational Turn in Rural Development. London: Routledge

Mancilla, C., De Lima, P. (2014). Nuevos inmigrantes en Chile: Los determinantes de su actividad emprendedora. Migraciones Internacionales, vol. 7, nº 4, 235-264.

de Lima, P., Para and Pfeffer (2012) ‘Conceptualizing Contemporary Immigrant Integration in the Rural United States and United Kingdom’, in Shucksmith et al (eds) Rural Transformations and Rural Polices in the UK and US. London: Routledge.

de Lima, P. (2012) ‘Migration, race and racism’ in Mooney & Scott (eds) Social Justice and Social Welfare in Contemporary Scotland. Bristol: Policy Press.

de Lima, P. Evans, and Feldhoff, T. (2011) ‘Setting Japan within the World Context – Europe’s shrinking regions’ in Matanle & Rausch (eds) Japans’ Shrinking Regions . London: Cambria press.

de Lima ( 2011) ‘Boundary Crossings: migration, belonging / ‘un-belonging’ in rural Scotland’ in Hedberg & de Carmo (eds) Translocal ruralism’: Mobility and connectivity in European rural space. New York: Springer.

de Lima, P. and Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2011) Innovation in Social Welfare in Evans et al (eds) Social Innovation and Sustainable Rural Development, Thematic Guide 9, Athens: European Academy for Sustainable Rural Development.

de Lima, P. and Wright (2009), Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society, issue 8:3,391-404.

de Lima, P. (2007)‘Ticking the Ethnic Box’ The experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities in Education in the North, New Series, Number 15 Session 2007-2008 University of Aberdeen.

Jentsch, B., de Lima, P. and MacDonald, B. (2007) Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: “Going to the Middle of Nowhere”. International Journal on Multicultural Societies(IJMS)Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007, p35-53.

Williams, C. and de Lima, P. (2006) Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies in Critical Social Policy, Special Issue – Devolution and Social Policy, (Vol. 26 (3) 2006).

de Lima, P. (2006) ‘Let’s keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away’ in J. Agyeman and S. Neal (eds) in The New Countryside Bristol: Policy Press.

de Lima, P. (2006) ‘Let’s keep our heads down and maybe the problem will go away’ in J. Agyeman and S. Neal (eds) in The New Countryside Bristol: Policy Press.

de Lima, P. (2005) ‘An Inclusive Scotland? The Scottish Executive and racial inequality’ in G. Mooney and G. Scott (eds) Exploring Social Policy in the ‘New’ Scotland, Bristol: Policy Press.

de Lima, P. (2004) ‘From Land’s End to John O’Groats’, in N. Chakraboti and J.Garland (eds)  ‘Rural Racism: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives’ Devon: Willan Publishing.

de Lima, P. (2003) ‘Beyond Place: ethnicity/race in the debate on social exclusion/ inclusion in Scotland’ in Policy Futures in Education, Volume 1, Number 4, 2003 pp 653-667.

Netto, G. and de Lima, P (2002) Commentary: Ethnic minorities and employment in Kenway, Fuller et al (2002) Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Scotland, York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

de Lima, P (2001) Racism in rural areas in Multicultural Teaching Journal, vol. 20, No. 1 Autumn 2001, Trentham Books.


Published reports and other contributions

Netto, G., Hudson, M.,Sosenko, F., de Lima, P., Gilchrist, A. and  Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2013) Poverty and Ethnicity: Employer behaviour and culture. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Arshad, R. and de Lima, P. ( 2012) ‘Attracting International Students ‘, Equality Challenge Unit.

de Lima, P. Arshad, R., Bell, A. and Braunholtz-Speight (2011) ‘Community consultation on poverty and ethnicity in Scotland’. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

de Lima, P. and Anderson (2010) ‘Feasibility study for establishing a multicultural centre in the Highlands’, SHIMCA/Big Lottery.

de Lima, P., Macleod, C. and Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2010) Report on Pilot study to understand the impact of the economic recession in the third sector in the HIE area, Inverness: Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

de Lima (2008) Study on Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rural Areas, Annex 1 Country Studies, Scotland, European Communities.

de Lima (2008) Reporting on Progress Towards Equality of Opportunity between Disabled Persons and Other Persons Made by Public Authorities in Scotland: The Scottish Ministers’ Duties: Rural and Environment Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.

de Lima, P. (2009) Building Inclusive Communities, Dunfermline: Carnegie UK Trust.

de Lima, P. and Zara, H. (2009) Report on ‘Accessing health and HIV services among minority ethnic communities’, Inverness, NHS Highland.

de Lima, P. Chaudhry, M., Whelton, R. And Arshad, R.(2007) Study of Migrant Workers in Grampian, Grampian: Communities Scotland.

de Lima ( 2007) ‘Addressing disadvantage in Rural Scotland’ in God’s Own Country, The Rural Strategy team, The Church of Scotland.

de Lima, Jenstch, B. and Whelton, R. (2005) Migrant Workers in the Highlands and Islands, Inverness: HIE.

Macdonald, S., Stone, V., Arshad, R. and de Lima, P. (2005) Ethnic Identity and the Census, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Contributor to Deakins, D. et al ( 2005) Minority ethnic Enterprise in Scotland: a National Scoping Study, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research.

de Lima (2005) Addressing Racial Harassment in Rural communities, CjScotland at

de Lima, P. (2005) Mapping Ethnicity: Access to Further and Higher Education in the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeen: North Forum on Widening Access.

de Lima, P. and Howells (2004) Stigmatisation and Discrimination- exploring young people’s attitudes to mental health issues, Inverness, HUG.

de Lima, P . ( 2003) Neither Seen nor Heard- The Needs of older Minority People in Rural Areas, National Minority Ethnic Network, Report of a Workshop on Black and Minority Ethnic Elders Living in Rural areas, London: Age Concern, England.

de Lima (2002) Let’s keep our heads down and may be the problem will go away-discrimination in rural areas in Scottish Support for Learning Association On the Edge, Autumn Conference 2002 Report.

de Lima ( 2002) ‘Highland Conversation’, Inverness, Highland Community Care Forum.

de Lima, P (2002) Rural Women and Poverty in Scottish Executive Researching Women in Rural Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

Netto G, Arshad, R, de Lima, P, Almeida Diniz, F, MacEwen, M, Patel, V & Syed, R (2001) Audit of Research on Minority Ethnic Issues in Scotland from a 'Race' Perspective. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.

de Lima, P (2001) Identifying Community Needs and Resources: Community Appraisals in the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh, Scottish Homes.

de Lima, P (2001) Mapping and Defining Problems in Rural Areas NACVS, May 2001, 347:12.

de Lima, P (2001) Needs not Numbers – an exploration of minority ethnic communities in Scotland, London Commission for Racial Equality and Community Development Foundation.

de Lima, P (2001) Identifying Community Needs and Resources: Community Appraisals in the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh, Scottish Homes.

de Lima, P (2001) Anti-racist Perspective in Development Education, Edinburgh: IDEAS.