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Dr Katharine A H CharsleyMA(Hon), MSc, PhD(Edin.)

Reader in Sociology

Research interests

My main research interests are in gender, the family and migration, particularly in the field of cross-border marriages. From 2012-16, I was PI on an ESRC-funded study on 'Marriage Migration and Integration', and am currently engaged in publishing from the results of this project. My ethnographic monograph 'Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying "Back Home"', and edited collection 'Transnational Marriage' are both published by Routledge. I recently co-edited a Special Issue of Men and Masculinities (with Helena Wray, Middlesex) on the neglect of migrant masculinities in migration law and scholarship, titled 'The Invisible (Migrant) Man'. I have published articles in journals including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Global Networks.The report 'Marriage-related migration to the UK' (International Migration Review 2012) also appeared as a Home Office occassional research paper (No. 94). I founded and convene a research network on ‘Marriage and Migration’. My broader interests include South Asia and its diasporas, and ethnicity, migration and transnationalism. I have also worked on Scottish graduate migration and retention (with Ross Bond & Sue Grundy, Edinburgh). Other projects on marriage-related migration are under development.

Before joining the University of Bristol in 2009, I was a lecturer at the University of Oxford (ISCA and COMPAS) where I convened the Migration Studies MPhil. Prior to that, I held a temporary lectureship and an ESRC postoctoral fellowship at the Unversity of Edinburgh, from where I also received my PhD in 2003.

I teach four units:

Social Identities and Divisions (core first year)

Global Society (core second year)

Gender and Migration (specialist unit)

Narrating the Self (Masters)

I currently supervise a range of PhD students, and welcome new students in any of my research interests.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Gender Research Group
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol

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Postal address:
11 Priory Road
United Kingdom
Postal address:
3 Priory Road
United Kingdom