Professor Peter Phillimore
Visiting Professor of Social Anthropology
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Newcastle upon Tyne
I have recently retired and now hold the position of Visiting Professor in the School.
I studied Social Anthropology at Edinburgh (MA, 1973) and then at Durham (PhD, 1982). I came to Newcastle in 1988 (initially for three years in CURDS as Senior Research Associate), before I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology in what was then the Department of Social Policy in 1991. I became Senior Lecturer in 1996, and Professor of Social Anthropology in 2006.
Before coming to Newcastle University, I was a research associate at Bristol University in the Department of Social Policy, working as RA with Professor Peter Townsend on two health inequalities projects (1983-87) in NE England.
My doctoral research was in north India, where I did fieldwork in Kangra (Himachal Pradesh). My PhD looked at kinship, marriage, gender and economy in one of the main shepherding communities of the western Himalaya, the Gaddis. India has remained a major interest of mine ever since (teaching, PhD supervision, and research, most recently in South India).
The eastern Mediterranean/ Middle East has become the main focus of my research in recent years, however, through two research projects concerning public health and health systems. Most of my writing has been either in the health field (health inequalities, health and industrial pollution, the social and policy implications of chronic diseases, medical anthropology, mHealth) or in the field of environmental politics and industrial risk.
Roles and Responsibilities
From 2009-15 I have had major responsibilities for two EU-FP7 research projects in the Middle East (see Research).
From 2009-14 I represented Newcastle University in the Public Health Foundation of India - UK Consortium, a major research capacity building programme in public health funded by the Wellcome Trust (coordinated within the UK by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
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.
The research projects and associated activities which have occupied me over recent years have now come to an end, though there are still further publications in the pipeline. These projects have involved partnerships in the eastern Mediterranean/ Middle East and in India.
1. MedCHAMPS (2009-13). Co-Investigator, Acting PI during 2010-11 and part of 2012. This was a 4 year EU-funded FP7 project investigating (a) epidemiological trends in chronic heart disease and diabetes, and (b) the health systems for managing the rise in such chronic diseases, in four Mediterranean countries (Palestine, Syria, Tunisia & Turkey). I led the second of these (b). This research brought together teams in seven universities/institutes, and was led by Newcastle's Institute of Health and Society. For the project website and publications see: research.ncl.ac.uk/medchamps/ .
2. RESCAP-MED (2012-14). Principal Investigator. This was a 3 year EU-FP7 award funded under the EU’s Coordination and Support Action programme. A research capacity building project, it focused on several disciplines relevant to public health. This research built directly on MedCHAMPS (above). It involved the same partners, with the addition of new partners in Lebanon, Jordan and the WHO East Mediterranean Office in Cairo. Like MedCHAMPS it focused on non-communicable diseases, and was led by Newcastle's Institute of Health and Society. Website http://research.ncl.ac.uk/rescap-med/
3. TRUMP (2012-15). Co-Investigator & Work Package lead. This has been a delayed 3 year project funded by EPSRC, under the ‘Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Programme’. A comparative UK-India project, it has been led by Aberdeen and Newcastle, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Public Health in Hyderabad. Its aim has been to pilot the development of mobile phone technology for use in supporting and managing chronic ill-health in a range of rural areas, taking two conditions: diabetes and depression. My responsibility was for the first work package in India, working Dr Papreen Nahar and colleagues at IIPH Hyderabad. For the project website see: http://www.trump-india-uk.org/
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.
- 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.
- McLaughlin J, Phillimore P, Richardson D. Introduction: Why Contesting Recognition?. In: McLaughlin, J., Phillimore, P., Richardson, D, ed. Contesting Recognition: Culture, Identity and Citizenship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp.1-19.
- 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, Moffatt S, Pless-Mulloli T. A sociological perspective on air quality monitoring in Teesside. In: Tomaney, J. and Ward, N, ed. A region in transition: North East England at the millennium. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001, pp.158-180.
- 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.
- Moffatt S, Phillimore PR, Hudson E, Downey D. Impact? What impact? Epidemiological findings in the public domain. Social Science & Medicine 2000, 51, 1755-1769.
- 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 PR, Beattie A, Townsend P. Widening inequality of health in Northern England 1981-91. British Medical Journal 1994, 308(6937), 1125-1128.
- Phillimore PR, Reading R. A rural advantage: urban rural health differences in northern England. Journal of Public Health Medicine 1992, 14(3), 290-299.
- 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.