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

Accepting PhD Students

  • 15 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

Research output per year

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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

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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Rural Policy Learning Commons

De Lima, P.


Project: Research

Research Output

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

  • 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
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 202 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 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

    Ethnicity and low wage traps: favouritism, homosocial reproduction and economic marginalization

    Hudson, M., Netto, G., Noon, M., Sosenko, F., De Lima, P. & Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N., 1 Dec 2017, In : Work, Employment and Society . 31, 6, p. 992-1009 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 279 Downloads (Pure)

    International migration: the well-being of migrants

    De Lima, P., 20 Oct 2016, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh. 166 p. (Policy and practice in health and social care; vol. 21)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Press / Media


    To what extent do personality and problem solving ability determine software development role suitability?

    Author: Wilson, G. A., 18 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Davies, G. (Supervisor), Rennie, F. (Supervisor) & De Lima, P. (Supervisor)

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


    Power and community in Scottish community land initiatives

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

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

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