Dr Lucy Williams

Senior Visiting Research Fellow


Dr Lucy Williams is a freelance researcher and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Kent. She has been involved in community work and research with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK since 1998. Her current research is with refugees denied asylum facing enforced return to countries of origin. Her most recent work is with young people who arrived in Europe as unaccompanied children who are now reaching adulthood. 
Lucy holds a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Kent (2004) and has designed and taught modules at MA, BA and Certificate level promoting the health and social care of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers. She has supervised PhD studies on mental wellbeing in refugee communities, on sex trafficking and on social work responses to migrant and refugee clients. 
Lucy has carried out consultancy for the International Organisation for Migration, the UK Quality Care Commission and the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration as well as for voluntary organisations. She has published on interpreting services for refugees, on social networks and help seeking behaviour, domestic violence, cross-border marriage migration, on refugee youth and on the situation of former immigration detainees.

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  • Williams, L. (2015). From Immigration Detention to Destitution. Criminal Justice Matters [Online] 99:12-13. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09627251.2015.1026220.
  • Klein, A. and Williams, L. (2012). Immigration Detention in the Community: research on the experiences of migrants released from detention centres in the UK. Population, Space and Place [Online] 18:741-753. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/psp.1725.
  • Williams, L. (2006). Social Networks of Refugees in the United Kingdom: Tradition, tactics and new community spaces. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies [Online] 32:865-879. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830600704446.
  • Williams, L. (2005). Refugees and asylum seekers as a group at risk of adult abuse. Journal of Adult Protection 1:??-??.
  • Williams, L. (2005). Interpreting services for refugees: Hearing voices?. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 1:37-49.
  • Cambridge, P. and Williams, L. (2004). Approaches to advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers: a development case study for a local support and advice service. Journal of Refugee Studies 17:97-113.


  • Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Williams, L. (2007). Evaluation of Support and Counselling WSS Project for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse. European Centre for the Study of Migration and Social Care, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
Total publications in KAR: 7 [See all in KAR]