Dr Katherine Tonkiss

 

Research Fellow

Institute of Local Government Studies

Katherine Tonkiss

Contact details

Institute of Local Government Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Katherine Tonkiss’ research is focused on normative and empirical questions surrounding the changing nature of democracy and citizenship in a globalising world.   This has driven two key areas of research, on local experiences of transformations in citizenship and identity; and on the changing boundaries of national and post-national democratic accountability.  She also has ongoing methodological interests in research which bridges normative and empirical paradigms.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, 2012 (http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/3634/)
  • MA in Political Science, University of Birmingham, 2008 
  • BSc (Hons) in Politics and Public Policy, Aston University, 2006

Biography

Katherine has worked at INLOGOV since May 2012, and prior to this completed her PhD with joint supervision from INLOGOV and the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS). Her research is focused on normative and empirical questions surrounding the changing nature of democracy and citizenship in a globalising world.   This has driven two key areas of research, on local experiences of transformations in citizenship and identity; and on the changing boundaries of national and post-national democratic accountability.  She also has ongoing methodological interests in research which bridges normative and empirical paradigms.

Katherine is a member of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA), and is an associate member of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate supervision

Caitlin McMullin (PhD, part-time): Public participation and culture change in local authorities

Research

Research interests: national and post-national governance, democracy and citizenship; local experiences of post-nationalism and globalisation.

Currently, Katherine is working on the ESRC-funded ‘Shrinking the State’ project, which brings together academics from Birmingham, Sheffield, and the University of Southern California. The project explores the Coalition Government’s attempt to reform arms’ length bodies, from multi-level and cross-national perspectives; and asks whether and to what extent reform of these ‘quangos’ will deliver the policy goal of a smaller, smarter, cheaper state as well as exploring the consequences for democratic accountability.

Katherine is also working on transforming her PhD thesis, on the subject of post-national citizenship, into a book which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2013.

Other activities

Publications

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

Tonkiss, K. (2013) Constitutional Patriotism, Migration and the Post-National Dilemma. Citizenship Studies. 17 (3-4), 491-504.

Bloom, T., and Tonkiss, K. (2013) European Union and Commonwealth Free Movement: A Historical-Comparative Approach. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 39 (7), 1065-1085.

Tonkiss, K. (2013) Postnational Citizenship without Postnational Identity?  A Case Study of UK Immigration Policy and Intra-EU Migration. Journal of Global Ethics. 9 (1), 35-48.

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