Dr Katharine Charsley

Dr Katharine Charsley

Dr Katharine Charsley
Reader in Sociology

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. I currently lead an ESRC-funded study on 'Marriage Migration and Integration'. I have recently published two volumes: an edited book 'Transnational Marriage' (Routledge 2012), and my monograph 'Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying "Back Home"', based on ethnographic research (Routledge 2013). I have published articles in journals including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Global Networks and am preparing a special issue (with Helena Wray, Middlesex) titled 'The Invisible (Migrant) Man' for Men and Masculinities.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’. I have broader interests in South Asia and its diasporas, and in ethnicity, migration and transnationalism, and have 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 alse recieved 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, 2005, ‘Unhappy Husbands: Masculinity and Migration in Transnational Pakistani Marriages’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol 11., pp. 85-105
  4. Charsley, KAH & Benson, MC, 2012, ‘Marriages of convenience or inconvenient marriages: regulating spousal migration to Britain’. Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law , vol 26., pp. 10-26

Latest publications

  1. Charsley, KAH & Bolognani, M, 2017, ‘Being a Freshie is (not) Cool: stigma, capital and disgust in British Pakistani stereotypes of new subcontinental migrants’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 40., pp. 43-62
  2. Spencer, S & Charsley, K, 2016, ‘Conceptualising integration: a framework for empirical research, taking marriage migration as a case study’. Comparative Migration Studies, vol 4.
  3. Charsley, KAH, Bolognani, M, Spencer, S, Jayaweera, H & Ersanilli, E, 2016, ‘Marriage Migration and Integration’.
  4. Charsley, K, Bolognani, M & Spencer, S, 2016, ‘Marriage Migration and Integration: interrogating assumptions in academic and policy debates’. Ethnicities.
  5. Charsley, K & Wray, H, 2015, ‘The Invisible (Migrant) Man’. Men and Masculinities, vol 18.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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