Dr. Katherine Tonkiss

Katherine Tonkiss
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United Kingdom

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Katherine joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Sociology and Policy in January 2015. Prior to this she worked as Research Fellow at the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, where she also completed her PhD in 2012. Her PhD thesis explored the negotiation of identity and belonging in contexts of high EU immigration, drawing on qualitative research undertaken in the English countryside. This research was published as a book by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, as well as in journals including Citizenship Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Currently, Katherine is working collaboratively with international colleagues on the theoretical conceptualisation of noncitizenship as a category of membership; and is beginning some new research exploring the policy narratives of migration charities in the UK.


Research interests:

  • 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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