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Katherine's research is situated in the field of critical citizenship studies. Her work is primarily concerned with critically interrogating the relationship between citizenship and national identity, with a particular interest in theories of post-nationalism. Her first book, published in 2013, examined national identity and post-national citizenship in the context of intra-EU migration. Since then she has published two edited volumes, Theorising Noncitizenship and Understanding Statelessness, and her research has also appeared in journals including Citizenship Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Katherine's current research is focused on examining post-national practices of community and resistance in migration rights struggles, and on exploring the intersection of national identity, belonging and diversity in the UK. At the level of theory, Katherine's work engages with the radical reconceptualisation of membership.

Research interests:

  • Citizenship, noncitizenship and national identity
  • Theories of post-nationalism
  • Ethics, practices and policies of migration and citizenship 
  • British immigration and citizenship policy
  • Methodologies which bridge normative theorising and empirical research

Contact Details

Room: MB734
Phone:  0121 204 4416
Email: k.tonkiss@aston.ac.uk

Teaching Activity

  • International Migration and Policy
  • Government and Globalisation
  • Welfare States and Welfare Change
  • Social Problems and Public Policies (B)


  • HM Sociology
  • Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Post-nationalism
  • Identity
  • Belonging
  • Membership

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Research Output 2012 2019

Locating the post-national activist: Migration rights, civil society and the practice of post-nationalism

Tonkiss, K., 25 Jan 2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42, 2, p. 159-177 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
civil society
political institution
micro level

The narrative assemblage of civil society interventions into refugee and asylum policy debates in the UK

Tonkiss, K., 1 Jul 2018, In : Voluntary Sector Review. 9, 2, p. 119-135 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
asylum policy
civil society
expert knowledge

Introduction: Superdiversity, policy and governance in Europe

Phillimore, J., Sigona, N. & Tonkiss, K., 4 Oct 2017, In : Policy and politics. 45, 4, p. 487-491 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Introduction: Providing a framework for understanding statelessness

Bloom, T., Tonkiss, K. & Cole, P., 7 Jun 2017, Understanding Statelessness. Bloom, T., Tonkiss, K. & Cole, P. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Taylor & Francis, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Statelessness and the performance of citizenship-as-nationality

Tonkiss, K., 14 Jun 2017, Understanding statelessness. Bloom, T., Tonkiss, K. & Cole, P. (eds.). 978-1-1387-1123-5: Routledge, (Studies in Human Rights).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2016 2019

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, seminar or course
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Asylum, everyday borders and everyday solidarity

Katherine Tonkiss (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

World Conference on Statelessness

Katherine Tonkiss (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, seminar or course

Tendayi Bloom

Katherine Tonkiss (Host)

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Yale University

Katherine Tonkiss (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution