Professor Katharine Charsley

Professor Katharine Charsley

Professor Katharine Charsley
Professor of Migration Studies

1.07a, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117)3310609

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Edinburgh (2003-4); Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh (2004-5); Lecturer in the Anthropology of Migration (2005-9), University of Oxford; Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bristol, (2009-2013), Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bristol 2013-2015, Reader in Sociology, University of Bristol 2015 to present.


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.


Undergraduate Courses:  Social Identities and Divisions, Global Society, Gender and Migration

Postgraduate Courses: Narrating the Self

I supervise a range of PhD projects related to my research interests, and welcome new doctoral students. 

Key publications

  1. Charsley, KAH, 2012, ‘Transnational Marriage: New Perspectives from Europe and Beyond’. Routledge
  2. Charsley, KAH, Storer-Church, B, Benson, MC & Van Hear, N, 2012, ‘Marriage-related migration to the UK’. International Migration Review, vol 46., pp. 861-890
  3. Charsley, KAH, Bolognani, M, Spencer, S, Jayaweera, H & Ersanilli, E, 2016, ‘Marriage Migration and Integration’.
  4. Charsley, K & Wray, H, 2015, ‘The Invisible (Migrant) Man’. Men and Masculinities, vol 18.
  5. Charsley, KAH, 2013, ‘Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying 'Back Home'’. Routledge

Latest publications

  1. Charsley, K & Ersanilli, E, 2019, ‘The ‘Mangetar Trap’? Work, family and Pakistani migrant husbands’. Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, vol 14., pp. 128-145
  2. Charsley, K & Bolognani, M, 2019, ‘Marrying ‘in’/marrying ‘out’?: Blurred boundaries in British Pakistani marriage choices’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  3. Charsley, K, 2019, ‘Understanding integration processes: informing policy and practice’.
  4. Charsley, KAH, 2018, ‘Closeness and distance in Pakistani transnational cousin marriage’. Families, Relationships and Societies.
  5. Ersanilli, E & Charsley, K, 2018, ‘A Good Match? Education, Labour Market Position, and British South Asian Transnational Marriage’. European Sociological Review.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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