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Lucy is a senior research fellow at IPPR working on migration and integration.

Lucy led on the Communities up Close study, a major two-year qualitative research project in which researchers spoke to over 250 residents and 80 stakeholders to examine experiences of neighbourhood change and migration across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Policy recommendations from this research made front-page news at The Yorkshire Post.

Lucy has contributed qualitative research expertise to a number of projects focused on exposing the inequalities of immigration policies for migrant communities, including studies assessing the impact of the hostile environment, the NHS charging system, and the drivers and consequences of homelessness among EEA migrants. Her current research focuses on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on integration and social contact. Lucy has appeared on local BBC Radio and she is a member of the NEON spokesperson network.

Prior to joining IPPR, Lucy worked with resettled Syrian refugees in Lancashire and marginalised migrant communities in Manchester. She is a qualified social worker and her PhD research looked at the impact of austerity policies on migrant communities. Lucy is a passionate advocate for migrants rights, and outside of her role at IPPR she is a trustee for Safety4Sisters, a charity that provides vital support to migrant women with no recourse to public funds and who have experienced domestic abuse.

Recent work