Deborah Phillips

Research Associate

Dr Deborah Phillips is a Visiting Reader in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and a lecturer at Jesus College. She also hold a Readership in Ethnic and Racial Studies in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and is a founding member of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies.

Deborah has published widely on aspects of ‘race’, ethnicity and cultural difference, including discourses on ethnic segregation and integration, community cohesion, housing welfare and debates surrounding citizenship and belonging. She has acted as an advisor to government bodies and the third sector, undertaking work for the CLG (on race, housing and segregation), the Home Office (on refugee integration) and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (on minority ethnic integration and citizenship).

Her current research centres on the impact of new migration on community relations, exploring social encounters with ‘difference’ at the neighbourhood scale and ‘bridge building’ through community engagement.


Selected recent publications

Phillips, D. (2010) Minority ethnic segregation, integration and citizenship: a European perspective, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36 (2), pp. 209-225.

Phillips, D. (2009) Creating Home-spaces: Young British Muslim Women’s Identity and Conceptualisations of Home, in P. Hopkins and R. Gale (eds) Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities. Pp.23- 36. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

Phillips, D., C. Davis and P. Ratcliffe  (2007) British Asian Narratives of Urban Space, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS32 (2) pp.217-234.

Phillips, D. (2006) Parallel lives? Challenging discourses of British Muslim self-segregation.  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24, (1), pp.25-40.