Philomena De Lima

Professor of Applied Sociology and Rural Studies , Director of the Centre of Remote and Rural Studies

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    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 13 Citations
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Personal profile

Research expertise

 I am a Sociologist and the Director of the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies at University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, Scotland ( ). The Centre was established in 2004 as the UHI PolicyWeb.  My particular research interests include exploring the complex and intersecting relationships between ‘communities of place’ ( remote and rural places in particular) and ‘communities of interests’, challenging normative assumptions about rural places and communities and focusing on diverse groups who are ‘othered’ on various grounds using qualitative methods.  I have applied my interests to issues such as belonging and intersectional identities, migration and wellbeing, ethnicity and race, and to policy  areas such as poverty and social exclusion and  social welfare . I also supervise PhD students on a range of topics.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Stirling

Master of Arts

External positions


Oct 2016 → …

Theme Lead- RPLC Migration in Remote and Rural Areas

1 Jun 201430 Sep 2017

Co- Investigator

Mar 2014 → …

Research associate

2010 → …

Associate Director

2005 → …

Faculty Member

31 Jul 2004 → …

Associate member

2004 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Rural, rural change and development
  • social justice , equalities, migration
  • social sustainability

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international migration Social Sciences
rural community Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences
national minority Social Sciences
rural area Social Sciences
rural development Social Sciences
group cohesion Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2021

Rural Policy Learning Commons

De Lima, P.


Project: Research

Research Output 2008 2019

International Migration: Sustaining Rural Communities

De Lima, P. & carvajal, L., 28 Oct 2019, Handbook of International Comparative Rural Policy. Vittauri, M., Devlin, J., M, P. & Johnson, T. (eds.). Routledge, 10

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

international migration
rural community
rural area
policy studies
study program
2 Citations (Scopus)

1.9-W1Ethnicity, race and Place Nexus – understanding migrant and minority ethnic health and wellbeing in rural areas in the EU and Canada

Dabrowska-Miciula, E., Silvius, R., de Lima, P., Sotkasiira, T., Silvius, R., Jean-Pierre, J., Campos-Flores, L., Kerrigan, N., Bopp, T. & Cacho, P., 17 Apr 2018, In : European Journal of Public Health. 28, suppl_1, p. 7 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Minority Health

After Brexit: 10 key questions for rural policy in Scotland

Atterton, J., Copus, A., Glass, J., Liddon, A., De Lima, P., McCracken, D., Moxey, A., Philip, L., Shortall, S. & Shucksmith, M., Jan 2018, Newcastle. 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
rural community
Open Access
migrant workers
labor market
farm labor

An inclusive Scotland?

de Lima, P., 15 Aug 2017, Exploring social policy in the 'new' Scotland. 1 ed. Bristol: Bristol University Press, p. 135-156 22 p. (Exploring social policy in the 'new' Scotland).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Press / Media


Power and community in Scottish community land initiatives

Author: Braunholtz-Speight, T. H., 2 Jul 2015

Supervisor: De Lima, P. (Supervisor) & Shortall, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)