Dr Sarah Kunz

Dr Sarah Kunz

Dr Sarah Kunz
Research Associate

11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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PhD Human Geography, University College London (UCL) 2014-2018
MSc Sociology (Contemporary Social Thought), LSE, 2011-2012

Professional Experience

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, UCL Geography, 2016-2018
Researcher, NatCen Social Research, London, UK, 2012 - 2014


I'm currently working on CASSPIN ("Comparative Analysis of Social Spaces in Post-Industrial Nations"), a project headed by Dr. Will Atkinson and funded by the European Research Council. CASSPIN is a comparative analysis of class structures, or 'social spaces', across capitalist nations, with a particular focus on the US, Germany and Sweden. It aims to document convergences and divergences in the shape, effects and experience of class in the different countries.

In my ESRC-funded PhD research at UCL Geography, I studied the ‘expatriate’ as migration category. I asked how the category ‘expatriate’ is produced, negotiated and contested, and what work it performs. I analysed the politics of its polysemy, its multiplicity and mobility of meaning, and its relation to the category ‘migrant’. To do so, I adopted the methodological approach of following the category and deployed ethnographic and archival methodologies across three sites: The ‘Expatriate Archive Centre’ in the Hague, ‘International Human Resource Management’ literature, and ‘expatriate’ spaces in Nairobi, Kenya. 


As a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at UCL Geography, I taught on several modules, including Global Geographies, Migration and Transnationalism, the Practice of Human Geography, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration and an Overseas Field Course in Political Geography to Gibraltar. I am an Associate Fellow of Advance HE and have completed UCL Arena's Teaching Associate Programme (TAP).


Fields of interest

migration and mobility, class, inequalities, race and ethnicity, citizenship

Latest publications

  1. Kunz, S, 2019, ‘Expatriate, migrant? The social life of migration categories and the polyvalent mobility of race’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  2. Kunz, S, 2019, ‘Book Review for Transfers: Standfield, R. (Ed.) (2018). Indigenous Mobilities. Across and Beyond the Antipodes’. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.
  3. Kunz, S, 2018, ‘Book review of Chambers, I. (2017) Postcolonial Interruptions, Unauthorised Modernities’. Antipode.
  4. Kunz, S, 2018, ‘Post-colonial liminality: Expatriate Narratives of Nairobi’s older white transmigrants’. in: Katie Walsh, Pauline Leonard (eds) British Migration. Routledge
  5. Kunz, S, 2018, ‘‘Making space' in Cairo: The movements and spatial practices of 'expatriates'’. Geoforum., pp. 89
  6. Liebers, M-J & Kunz, S, 2018, ‘Gender roles and relations within Bolivian transnational social networks: transgressions, regressions and new autonomies’. in: Megha Amrith, Nina Sahraoui (eds) Gender, Work and Migration: Agency in Gendered Labour Settings. Routledge
  7. Kunz, S, 2016, ‘Privileged mobilities: locating the expatriate in migration scholarship’. Geography Compass., pp. 109
  8. Clery, L, Lee, L & Kunz, S, 2013, ‘Public attitudes to poverty and welfare, 1983-2011. Analysis using British Social Attitudes data’. NatCen Social Research

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