Prof Margaret Greenfields


Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement


Margaret Greenfields initially trained as a lawyer, with a particular interest in homelessness, gender issues and family law. She worked in a community law centre, then became a legal policy officer for a leading NGO before undertaking a PhD in Social Policy. Margaret was appointed Founder Director of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) in 2010 and was promoted to be Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement in 2012.

As an academic Margaret has worked extensively in the field of social inclusion (with particular reference to accommodation issues and health), ethnicity, equalities and social justice with a specific emphasis on undertaking collaborative research with communities at risk of marginalisation, racism and ‘othering’. She is best known for her work with Gypsy, Traveller and more recently migrant Roma (GTR) communities over a period of 25 years.

More recently she has been developing participatory action research programmes with vulnerable migrants; LGBT+ members of faith communities as well as refugee and asylum seeking women. She has authored/co-authored and edited a number of books and journal articles, and numerous reports for local authorities, Central Government agencies; European agencies and charities. Margaret frequently sits on advisory panels for Government departments; associated agencies and civil society organisations, and regularly lectures and delivers training for NGOs and in academic contexts in the UK and internationally. She is currently supervising PhD students in various fields relating to health and social care exclusion and marginal citizenship.