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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

Academic Staff

Joan Phillips, Ph.D

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Coordinator of Sociology

Department: GSSW

Contact details


Dr. Joan Phillips is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Sociology in the Department. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and completed her PhD at the University of Bedfordshire. She is also a recipient of a Leverhulme Post-doctoral fellowship from the University of London, Royal Holloway. 

Dr. Phillips has extensive research and lecturering experience both in the region and internationally. Her previous employment experience includes Lecturer at the University of Brighton, University of London and University of Reading.  She was a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute in the UK and is a reviewer for a number of academic journals.


PhD  Sociology of Tourism, University of Bedfordshire, 2001
MPhil Sociology University of the West Indies, 1997
BSc  Sociology, University of the West Indies, 1993

Research Areas

Dr Phillips has written extensively on sex tourism, return migration and the relationship between race, sexuality and post-coloniality.

Teaching Areas

Classical Social Theory
Tourism of Development
Gender and Development
Caribbean Kinship
Violence and Development
Race, Culture and Colonialism
Social construction of Race

Select Publications

Book/Journal/Report Title Citation
L. Bury and J. Phillips, 2015 Hackney Pause Pilot: Phase I, Evaluation of a pilot to support women who have had multiple and consecutive children removed through care proceedings,
report published by the London Borough of Hackney.
Raby, R &Phillips, J   ( 2011) Tourism in the twenty first century, power commodification and consumption.” 
(Eds)  Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby and Mark Thomas, Tourism and Power in Everyday Practices, Nelson publication, pp, 299-320.
Potter, R.B. and Phillips, J. (2009) Bajan-Brit second-generation return and migration:‘…where am I supposed to be – in mid-air?!
Conway, D. and Potter, R.B. (eds.) Return Migration of the Next Generations: 21st Century Transnational Mobility.  Ashgate, Farnham UK and Burlington USA, pp. 79-99.
The Experience of Return Migration: Caribbean perspective
Potter, R. Conway, D., & J. Phillips  (eds.). (2005). Aldershot: Ashgate
Hoggart, L. & J. Phillips 2011 “Teenage pregnancies that end in abortion: unintended consequences of fertility misconceptions?
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive health care. 37 pp. 97-102
Phillips, J &R.B. Potter (2009) “The quality of life issues and second generation migration: the case of second generation Bajan-Brits,” Journal of Population, Space and Place, 15 (3): 239-251.
Phillips, J & R. B. Potter. (2008) “The friendship patterns of transnational migrants: the case of Bajan Brits and their friendship patterns on ‘return’ to Barbados Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Potter, R. B & J. Phillips (2008) “The past is still right here in the present” second generation Bajan-Brit transnational migrant views on issues relating to race and colour-class. Society and Space, vol 6, 123-135

Additional Info

Dr Phillips’ substantive research interests focus particularly on supporting organisation through evidence based research in developing and informing on social and public policy in areas of inequalities and disadvantage along with Caribbean development. Another key interest is undertaking sensitive research with hard to reach groups. She is particularly skilled in business development for the University sector through income generation.

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