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    Ethics, practices and policies of migration and citizenship British immigration and citizenship policy Globalisation, global governance and human rights British governance and public policy Methodologies which bridge normative theorising and empirical research


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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

    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

    'A baby is a baby': the Asha protests and the sociology of affective post-nationalism

    Tonkiss, K., 16 Apr 2020, In : Sociology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cultural education and the good citizen: a systematic analysis of a neo-liberal communitarian policy trend

    Tonkiss, K., Stamou, E. & Wootton, M., 8 Jul 2020, Social Policy Review: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020. Rees, J., Heins, E. & Pomati, M. (eds.). Policy Press, Vol. 32. (Social Policy Review).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    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
  • 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
  • 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


    The reluctant customer: case study research exploring the impact of marketisation on pedagogy and practice at three universities in england

    Author: Gorman, P., 1 Jul 2019

    Supervisor: Tritter, J. (Supervisor) & Tonkiss, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



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

    World Conference on Statelessness

    Katherine Tonkiss (Participant)

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

    Asylum, everyday borders and everyday solidarity

    Katherine Tonkiss (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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