Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips - personal details
I completed my doctoral studies in Sociology at Nuffield College in 2009; my thesis was entitled Degrees of Success: The Education of the Second Generation in Canada and Britain. Upon finishing my doctorate, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute on The Integration of the European Second Generation (TIES) project. I joined the Institute for Social Change in December 2010 as a research associate on the Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity (SCID) project, a project that uses complexity science to look at the impact of immigration and diversity on social cohesion. As part of the SCID project, I focus on voting behaviour and inter-ethnic partnerships.
In October 2013, I started working on my own project, funded via the ESRC's Future Research Leaders scheme, entitled Unity out of diversity? Perspectives on the adaptations of immigrants in Britain, which explores the perceptions of immigrant adaptation (and its dimensionality) in Britain in the following spheres: academia, policy, and public opinion. I also joined the Sociology DA as an Associate Member. Aside from this, I am currently undertaking research on the social mobility of immigrant generations (with Prof Yaojun Li) and the use of experiments in measuring immigrant integration (with Dr Maria Sobolewska).