Dr Katherine Tonkiss

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Katherine Tonkiss

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.


  • 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. (2013) Migration and Identity in a Post-National World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Tonkiss, K. (forthcoming) Contesting human rights through institutional reform: a case study of the reform of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. International Journal of Human Rights.
  • Tonkiss, K. and Bloom, T. (forthcoming) Theorising noncitizenship: concepts, issues and challenges. Citizenship Studies.
  • Dommett, K., Flinders, M., Skelcher, C. and Tonkiss, K. (2014) Did they read before burning? The coalition and quangos. Political Quarterly. 85 (2), 133-142.
  • Flinders, M., Dommett, K. and Tonkiss, K. (2014) Bonfires and barbecues: coalition governance and the politics of quango reform. Contemporary British History. 28 (1), 57-80.
  • Tonkiss, K. (2013) Constitutional patriotism, migration and the post-national paradox. Citizenship Studies. 17 (3-4), 491-504.
  • Bloom, T. and Tonkiss, K. (2013) European Union and Commonwealth freedom of movement: a historical-comparative perspective. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 39 (7), 1065-1085.
  • Tonkiss, K. (2013) Post-national citizenship without post-national identity? A case study of UK immigration policy and intra-EU migration. Journal of Global Ethics. 9 (1), 35-48.
  • Tonkiss, K. and Noonan, A. (2013) Arm’s length bodies and alternative models of service delivery. Public Money and Management. 33 (6), 395-397.

Book Chapters

  • Tonkiss, K. (2014) Experiences of EU citizenship at the sub-national level, in Isin, E. and Nyers, P. (eds.) Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. London: Routledge.


  • 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
Office Hours: TBC