Philomena De Lima

Philomena is the Director of the CRRS. Philomena currently supervises three PhD students on topics related to the following areas of research interests: climate change, community asset ownership and an arts practice social science PhD on landscape. Her qualifications include a PhD in Sociology and an MA (Hons) in Sociology.

Philomena is an Associate Director at the Centre for Research in Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh, and has been a member of the faculty of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) summer institute since 2005.

Philomena’s principal research interests include: social justice, poverty and exclusion, equality, ethnicity, race and culture, identities (including intersectionality) and belonging, migration and mobilities, community development studies and climate change / environment. Philomena is particularly interested in exploring these issues in rural contexts in the UK and cross culturally as well as undertaking comparative studies in both urban and rural settings.

Philomena recently worked with the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University to undertake a major study of the cost of living in remote and rural Scotland. The ‘Minimum Income Standard for Remote and Rural Scotland’ study examined the cost of goods and services required by different household types to achieve a reasonable standard of living.