Professor Katharine A H Charsley

MA(Hon), MSc, PhD(Edin.)

  • BS8 1TU

  • BS8 1TX

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

My main research interests are in gender, the family, and migration, particularly in the field of cross-border marriages. My most recent book, Marriage Migration and Integration, based on an ESRC funded project of the same name, was published by Palgrave in 2020. My ethnographic monograph 'Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying "Back Home"', and edited collection 'Transnational Marriage' are both published by Routledge. I 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, ethnicity,   transnationalism and integration. 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 both undergraduate and postgraduate units:

Social Identities and Divisions (core first year)

Gender and Migration (final year specialist unit)

Gender, Families and Migration (Masters)

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
  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

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Kept Apart: making prose-poetry with people separated from families by the immigration system

Charsley, K. A. H., Wray, H., Agusita, E., Mohabir, R., Coombs, C. & Ballmi, P.


Project: Research

Marriage Migration and Integration

Charsley, K. A. H. & Bolognani, M.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    Marriage Migration and Integration

    Charsley, K. A. H., Bolognani, M., Ersanilli, E. & Spencer, S., 29 Apr 2020, Palgrave Macmillan. 336 p. (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life)

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • A Good Match? Education, Labour Market Position, and British South Asian Transnational Marriage

    Ersanilli, E. & Charsley, K., Feb 2019, In : European Sociological Review. 35, 1, p. 133–146 14 p., jcy040.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Marrying ‘in’/marrying ‘out’? Blurred boundaries in British Pakistani marriage choices

    Charsley, K. & Bolognani, M., 17 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Supervised Work

    North Korean Escapees’ Unthinkable Journeys and the Conceptual Binaries of Migration Policy

    Author: Kook, K., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Charsley, K. (Supervisor) & O'Connell Davidson, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Personal Status Law, Identity Politics and Gender Rhetoric in Bahrain

    Author: Hashem, S., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Gangoli, G. (Supervisor) & Charsley, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)