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

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Personal profile

Research Expertise

 I am a Sociologist and was the  the Director of the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies at University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, Scotland from 2008-2021. 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  have also supervised  PhD students on a range of topics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ethnicity, 'Race' and Place: experiences and issues of identity and belonging in rural minority ethnic households, University of Stirling

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Master of Arts, Sociology , University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1979

External positions

Expert Member of the Expert Advisory Group on Population and Migration , Scottish Govt

1 Apr 2022 → …

Advisory group member -Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), Scottish Govt

Apr 2022 → …

Member, Commission on Local Democracy - Highland

Oct 20162017

Theme Lead- RPLC Migration in Remote and Rural Areas , Rural Policy Learning commons

1 Jun 201430 Sept 2017

Co- Investigator , Rural Policy Learning Commons- University of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Mar 20142015

Research associate , University of Edinburgh

2010 → …

Associate Director , University of Edinburgh

2005 → …

Faculty Member, International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute

31 Jul 2004 → …

Associate member, The Transatlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN)



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


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