Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK's gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Professor Phillips has an impressive track record of research grant capture across many disciplines. Her many publications on social work and older people are extensively used by students, with translations made into several languages. She has extensive links with both the Welsh and UK governments, social services departments and Welsh business. Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020. In addition, Professor Phillips is executive member of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing - part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2016 Judith Phillips chaired the Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population.
Recent Grants include
2015-2020 £8m EPSRC for The CHERISH-DE Centre - Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy (Co-I)
2015-2018 £1.8m Health and Care Research Wales for Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (PI)
2015-2018 £1.5m NISCHR School for Social Care Research (PI)
2013-2020 £8m for the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre (Co-applicant) Centre for the improvement of population health through e-health research (cipher) - the Farr institute for health informatics research (capital), also Farr funding from Welsh Government (£3.5m) and CADRE funding from ESRC (£2.05m).