Dr Katherine Tonkiss

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Katherine Tonkiss

Katherine joined Aston in 2015, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where she also completed her PhD. Her research explores migration rights, post-nationalism, citizenship and belonging. Her first book, published in 2013, explored the negotiation of identity and belonging in contexts of high EU immigration. Since then she has published two edited volumes on noncitizenship and 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 agenda incorporates migration rights activism, statelessness, and post-national forms of identity and belonging in the UK.




  • 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

Katherine is available to supervise PhD research projects in the above areas.

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


Journal Articles




  • Tonkiss, K. and Bloom, T. (forthcoming) (eds.) Special issue: theorising noncitizenship. Citizenship Studies.


Selected Blog Posts and Other Media

  • Tonkiss, K. (2015) Refugees won't destroy public services, but austerity will. The Independent [online] http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/refugees-won-t-destroy-public-services-but-austerity-will-a6775601.html
  • Tonkiss, K. (2014) What’s so bad about citizenship testing? E-International Relations. http://www.e-ir.info/2014/11/28/whats-so-bad-about-citizenship-testing/
  • Tonkiss, K. (2013) Between discipline and dissent: revoking citizenship is dangerous whatever the crime. POLSIS Blog. http://polsis.org/tag/terror-suspects/
  • Tonkiss, K. (2013) Migration and integration are now policy challenges too far for many local authorities. Migration Pulse. http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/migration-pulse/2013/migration-and-integration-are-now-policy-challenges-too-far-many-local-authorit
  • Durose, C. and Tonkiss, K. (2013) Fast scholarship is not always good scholarship: relevant research requires more than online presence. LSE Impact of Social Sciences. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/10/11/fast-scholarship-is-not-always-good-scholarship/
  • Tonkiss, K. (2013) Bring up the bodies: the transformation of arm’s length relationships. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2013/apr/26/powershift-government-public-bodies-armslength
Room: NW915
Phone:  0121 204 4416
Email:  k.tonkiss@aston.ac.uk