Philomena De Lima

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

  • IV2 3NG

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

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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

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Master of Arts, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1979

External positions


Oct 2016 → …

Theme Lead- RPLC Migration in Remote and Rural Areas

1 Jun 201430 Sep 2017

Co- Investigator

Mar 2014 → …

Research associate , The University of Edinburgh

2010 → …

Associate Director , The University of Edinburgh

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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