Dr Rachel Humphris

Visiting Fellow

About Rachel

Rachel is a political anthropologist working at the intersection between migration, globalisation and urbanisation to understand social inequalities. She is exploring how migration is creating new urban dynamics requiring new methodologies and theoretical approaches to re-think the contemporary city. Her research agenda touches on several themes including radical positive programmes for urban futures; rethinking the reintroduction of the concept of ‘progress’ into urban politics; the influence of various forms of mobility on urban political and moral economies; and the governance of urban marginality.

Rachel is a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Research Associate at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute as of April 2019.

Research interests

Rachel’s research programme is methodologically diverse, theoretically grounded and empirically driven. She employs qualitative research methods that engage with theories and debates in migration studies, social policy and critical urbanism. Much of her work is inherently interdisciplinary, cutting across research in anthropology, gender studies, geography, politics, public policy and sociology. Her published research can be found in Geopolitics, the Sociological Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Identities and Critical Public Health, among others. Her monograph based on her DPhil anthropological research with Romanian Roma migrant mothers in the ‘downscaled’ urban context of Luton, will be published with University of Bristol Press in March 2019.


Humphris, R., (in press) ‘Mutating faces of the state? Austerity, new migration and faith based volunteers in a downscaled urban area’ Sociological Review

Bradby, H., Humphris R., and Padilla, B (in press) ‘Universalism, diversity and norms: Gratitude, healthcare and welfare chauvinism’ Critical Public Health

Humphris, R., (2018) On the threshold: becoming Romanian Roma, everyday racism and residency rights in transition, Social Identities, 24:4, 505-519, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2017.1335831

Humphris, R., and Sigona N., (2017) ‘Outsourcing the ‘best interests’ of unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in the era of austerity’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Phillimore, J., Humphris, R., and Khan, K. (2017) Reciprocity for new migrant integration: resource conservation, investment and exchange Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 

Humphris, R., (2017) ‘On the threshold: Becoming Romanian Roma and everyday racism during UK transitional controls’ Social Identities DOI:10.1080/13504630.2017.1335831

William Allen, Bridget Anderson, Nicholas Van Hear, Madeleine Sumption, Franck Düvell, Jennifer Hough, Lena Rose, Rachel Humphris, and Sarah Walker (2017) ‘Who Counts in Crises? The New Geopolitics of International Migration and Refugee Governance’ Geopolitics DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2017.1327740

Humphris, R. (2016) ‘Borders of home: Roma migrant mothers negotiating boundaries in home encounters.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1227698.

Humphris, R. (2016) ‘Migrant, Roma and Post-Colonial Youth in Education Across Europe. Being “Visibly Different.”’ European Education, 48:1, 82-83

Humphris, R. and Abuhaloob L., (2015) ‘A Double or Triple Burden for Palestinian Children Residing in Gaza Refugee Camps?’ Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies Volume 4/5 Issue 2: 89 – 93.

Humphris, R. (2013) ‘European Union Enlargement and Roma Migrants’ Welfare: The Role of Changing Migration Status in UK Education Policy and Practice.’ Human Welfare 2, 26-35.

Humphris, R. (2013) ‘Refugees and Rashaida: Human smuggling and trafficking from Eritrea to Sudan and Egypt’ New Issues in Refugee Research No. 254. March 2013.

Humphris, R (2019) Home-land: Romanian Roma, domestic space and the state Bristol: University of Bristol Press.

Humphris, R., & Bradby, H. (2017) Health Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health.

Humphris, R. & Sigona, N. (2016) ‘Children and Un/Safe Migration in Europe’ Berlin: IOM.

Humphris, R. & Sigona, N. (2016) ‘Mapping unaccompanied asylum seeking children in England’, Becoming Adult Research Brief, no. 1, London: UCL.

Bradby, H., Humphris, R., Newall, D., Mahmud, A. & Phillimore, J. (2015) ‘Accessibility and quality of health care delivery for refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants: which policies and interventions work?’  WHO Europe Health Evidence Network Report.  Venice: WHO.

Phillimore, J., Humphris, R., & Khan, K., in Gilardoni, G., D’Odorico, & Carrillo, D. eds. (2015) KING Knowledge for Integration Governance: evidence on migrants’ integration in Europe.  Milan: Foundazione ISMU.