Professor Peter Phillimore
Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology
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- Address: Sociology
Claremont Bridge Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a social anthropologist based within Newcastle Sociology, and throughout my career much of my research has been collaborative - working particularly with other social scientists and epidemiologists. I have enjoyed the cross-disciplinary conversations this experience has required. Since my PhD, most of my writing has been either on health-related topics or on environmental politics, and sometimes at the intersection of the two. I retired in 2015 and now hold the position of Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology.
I studied Social Anthropology at Edinburgh (MA, 1973) and then at Durham (PhD, 1982). I came to Newcastle in 1988 (initially in CURDS) and became Professor of Social Anthropology in 2006.
My doctoral ethnography was in Himachal Pradesh, north India. My PhD looked at kinship, marriage, gender and economy among one of the main pastoralist groups of the western Himalaya, the Gaddis. A long interest in environmental politics dates from that time in Kangra, witnessing the pressures that Gaddi shepherds faced and the ways they navigated these challenges. India has remained a major interest ever since (teaching, PhD supervision, and research, most recently on what was for me the novel topic of mHealth in rural Andhra Pradesh).
Before coming to Newcastle University, my first academic post was as a research associate at Bristol University in the Department of Social Policy, working with Professor Peter Townsend on health inequalities in England's Northern Region (1983-87).
This work on health and inequality continued at Newcastle, leading to a series of projects with an environmental focus: first on environmental health, then later on the politics of industrial pollution, and environmental risk cultures. These projects took place in Teesside (England), Grangemouth (Scotland) and Ludwigshafen (Germany). While the initial research in Teesside was epidemiological in character (jointly led with Professor Raj Bhopal), the comparative studies in Grangemouth and Ludwigshafen were ethnographic, exploring what it meant to live in towns dominated by a single major industry (chemicals/ petrochemicals).
Latterly, since 2009 the eastern Mediterranean/ Middle East has been the main focus of my research, through two comparative EU-funded research projects (MedCHAMPS and RESCAP-MED) concerning public health and health services/ health systems in several countries of the region (Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Tunisia, and latterly Jordan and Lebanon also). This work, with various academic partners in the UK, Ireland and the countries mentioned, took place as the current tragic crises in the region unfolded, ending in 2015.
Roles and Responsibilities
From 2009-14 I represented Newcastle University in the Public Health Foundation of India - UK Consortium.
From 2005-9 I was Head of Sociology/ Deputy Head of School.
From 2006-8 I was Associate Director, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.
MA in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 1973
PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Durham, 1982
1. Anthropology of health and medicine; inequalities in health; social implications of chronic illness; health systems in developing countries.
2. Anthropology of the environment; environmental pollution and risk politics.
4. Eastern Mediterranean/ Middle East.
I have supervised and co-supervised thirteen PhD students to successful completion, with involvement ongoing for two current PhD students.
Since retirement I am no longer teaching.
- Nahar A, Kannuri NK, Mikkilineni S, Murthy GVS, Phillimore P. mHealth and the management of chronic conditions in rural areas: a note of caution from southern India. Anthropology & Medicine 2017, 1-16.
- Nahar P, Kannuri NK, Mikkilineni S, Murthy GVS, Phillimore P. At the margins of biomedicine: the ambiguous position of 'Registered Medical Practitioners' in rural Indian healthcare. Sociology of Health & Illness 2016.
- Kilic B, Kalaca S, Unal B, Phillimore P, Zaman S. Health policy analysis for prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in Turkey. International Journal of Public Health 2015, 60(supplement 1), S47-S53.
- Ahmad B, Fouad FM, Elias M, Zaman S, Phillimore P, Maziak W. Health system challenges for the management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes: an empirical qualitative study from Syria. International Journal of Public Health 2015, 60(supplement 1), S55-S62.
- Ben Romdhane H, Tlili F, Skhiri A, Zaman S, Phillimore P. Health system challenges of NCDs in Tunisia. International Journal of Public Health 2015, 60(supplement 1), S39-S46.
- Tlili F, Tinsa F, Skhiri A, Zaman S, Phillimore P, Ben Romdhane H. Living with diabetes and hypertension in Tunisia: popular perspectives on biomedical treatment. International Journal of Public Health 2015, 60(supplement 1), S31-S37.
- Phillimore P. "That used to be a famous village": shedding the past in rural north India. Modern Asian Studies 2014, 48(1), 159-187.
- Phillimore P, Zaman S, Ahmad B, Shoaibi A, Khatib R, Khatib R, Husseini A, Fouad F, Elias M, Maziakc W, Tlili F, Tinsa F, Ben Romdhane H, Kilic B, Kalaca S, Unal B, Critchley J. Health system challenges of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in four Eastern Mediterranean countries. Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice 2013, 8(8), 875-889.
- Phillimore P, Bell P. Manufacturing loss: Nostalgia and risk in Ludwigshafen. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 2013, 2013(67), 107-120.
- McLaughlin J, Phillimore P, Richardson D, ed. Contesting Recognition: Culture, Identity and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Walker A, Gordon D, Levitas R, Phillimore P, Phillipson C, Salomon M, Yeates N, ed. The Peter Townsend Reader. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2010.
- Awah PK, Phillimore P. Diabetes, medicine and modernity in Cameroon. Africa 2008, 78(4), 475-495.
- Phillimore PR, Schlüter A, Pless-Mulloli T, Bell P. Residents, regulators, and risk in two industrial towns. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 2007, 25(1), 73-89.
- Schlueter A, Phillimore PR. Rationalizing risk: arguing over safety on the Firth of Forth. Focaal 2006, 2005(46), 79-90.
- Bush J, Phillimore PR, Pless-Mulloli T, Thompson C. Carcass disposal and siting controversy: Risk, dialogue and confrontation in the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak. Local Environment 2005, 10(6), 649-664.
- Phillimore PR, Bell P. Trust and risk in a German chemical town. Ethnos 2005, 70(3), 311-334.
- Phillimore P, Moffatt S. 'If we have wrong perceptions of our area, we cannot be surprised if others do as well.' Representing risk in Teesside's environmental politics. Journal of Risk Research 2004, 7(2), 171-184.
- Schlüter A, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. Enough is enough: Emerging 'self-help' environmentalism in a petrochemical town. Environmental Politics 2004, 13(4), 715-733.
- Phillimore PR. Private Lives and Public Identities : An Example of Female Celibacy in Northwest India. In: Sobo E; Bell S, ed. Celibacy, Culture, and Society: The Anthropology of Sexual Abstinence. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001, pp.29-46.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Hudson E, Downey D. Pollution, politics, and uncertainty: environmental epidemiology in north-east England. In: Kroll-Smith S; Brown P; Gunter V, ed. Illness and the environment: a reader in contested medicine. New York: New York University Press, 2000, pp.217-234.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. 'Industry causes lung cancer': would you be happy with that headline? Environmental health and local politics. In: Allan S; Adam B; Carter C, ed. Environmental Risks and the Media. London: University College London Press, 1999, pp.105-116.
- Phillimore PR, Moffatt S. Narratives of insecurity in Teesside: environmental politics and health risks. In: Vail, John; Wheelock, Jane; Hill, Michael, ed. Insecure times: living with insecurity in contemporary society. London: Routledge, 1999, pp.137-153.
- Pless-Mulloli T, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S, Bhopal R, Foy C, Dunn C, Tate J. Lung cancer, proximity to industry, and poverty in Northeast England. Environmental Health Perspectives 1998, 106(4), 189-196.
- Phillimore P. Uncertainty, reassurance and pollution: The politics of epidemiology in Teesside. Health and Place 1998, 4(3), 203-212.
- Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Bhopal R, Foy RC. 'If this is what it's doing to our washing, what is it doing to our lungs?' Industrial pollution and public understanding in North-East England. Social Science Medicine 1995, 41(6), 883-891.
- Phillimore P, Moffatt S. Discounted knowledge - local experience, environmental pollution and health. In: Popay J; Williams G, ed. Researching the People's Health. London: Routledge, 1994, pp.134-153.
- Phillimore PR, Beattie A, Townsend P. Widening inequality of health in Northern England 1981-91. British Medical Journal 1994, 308(6937), 1125-1128.
- Phillimore PR, Morris D. Discrepant legacies: premature mortality in 2 industrial towns. Social Science & Medicine 1991, 33(2), 139-152.
- Phillimore PR. Unmarried women of the Dhaula-dhar: celibacy and social control in northwest India. Journal of Anthropological Research 1991, 47(3), 331-350.
- Townsend P, Phillimore P, Beattie A. Health and deprivation: inequality and the north. London: Routledge, 1988.