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Book cover for Go Home? The politics of immigration controversies

Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change

Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging


Hannah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and has worked at Warwick since 2013. Hannah worked in London local government before completing her PhD in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. She also holds degrees in Human Sciences (University of Oxford) and Policy Studies (University of Edinburgh). She has been a Guest Researcher at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg; Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University; a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London; a Research Associate at the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford; and a Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2021/2, Hannah is Director of International Programmes for the Department of Sociology, Research Theme Lead for the Justice, Authority and the Geopolitical group, and Social Media Lead for Sociology.


Hannah's research interests focus on questions of racism, migration control and belonging, and on practices of policy-making, critical and participative research methods, and public sociology. She has previously conducted research on multiculture and multiculturalism, local government policy-making, community cohesion policy, migration policy, voluntary and community sector organising, regeneration and urban studies, and diversity and inequality. She was Principal Investigator on one of the first research projects funded by the ESRC Urgency Grants Mechanism, entitled '"Go Home": Mapping the unfolding controversy of Home Office Immigration Campaigns', working with colleagues at six other universities across the UK. Hannah's first book, Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government (Policy Press, 2013) won the 2014 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in UK sociology. Between 2016 and 2018, Hannah was the Academic Lead overseeing and curating Warwick's collaboration with the Tate Modern, Warwick Tate Exchange.

Hannah's latest book, Violent Ignorance, is about everyday ignorance and its violent consequences, focusing on historical and present questions of memory, migration and racism, and was published in January 2021; you can see Hannah in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti at the book launch here. She is also working on projects on '"Decolonialism" and anti-racist student activism' led by Ala Sirriyeh (funded by The Sociological Review Foundation and British Academy/Leverhulme), on the relationship between artistic practice and social research with Yasmin Gunaratnam and with Carly Hegenbarth, and independently on research into genealogical and migratory imaginations that link Britain and Australia.

Previously mentored funded postdoctoral researchers:

Saba Hussain, (Re)constructions of teacher identities under the counter-terrorism agenda: a governmentality perspective, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, 2017-2020.

Špela Drnovšek Zorko, Toward a diasporic postsocialism: race, migration and genealogies of encounter, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, 2017-2020.

Elsa Oommen, Long-term Caribbean migrants and their experience of rights and restrictions in the UK, Sociological Review Kick Start Grant, 2018-20.


In 2021/22, Hannah is convening and teaching SO337 Racism and Xenophobia, SO122 Sociology of Race and SO9D5 Creative Research Methods, which is an EUTOPIA Learning Unit delivered in collaboration with colleagues at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana and others.

Current PhD students

Matthew Abbey, Haunting Migrant, Performing Joy: Imagining Freedom Beyond Sexual Citizenship, co-supervised with Nisha Kapoor. Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarship.

Tana Nolethu Forrest, Mixed Race Identities in a West Midlands City, co-supervised with Khursheed Wadia. Collaborative ESRC scholarship with Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership.

Anna Numa Hopkins, Method at the Margins: Innovating in race-conscious education research in Britain, co-supervised with Sivamohan Valluvan. ESRC Studentship.

Yasemin Karsli, New dynamics of Turkish and Kurdish chain migration to London and Brussels: a visual sociological study, co-supervised with Kevin Smets (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). EUTOPIA co-tutelle scholarship.

Ragini Khurana, Exploring emerging identifications and sources of solidarity in Peckham, co-supervised with John Solomos. Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarship.

Carl Mallett, Grappling with Difference: An Ethnography of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in the West Midlands, co- supervised with Sivamohan Valluvan.

PhDs supervised to completion

Rachel Lewis, Constructing and Contesting the Good British Citizen: an examination of the contemporary citizenship regime as discursive practice, PhD awarded with no corrections in December 2017. Co-supervised with Malcolm MacDonald (Centre for Applied Linguistics). ESRC scholarship.

Iro Konstantinou, Constructions of class, race, ethnicity and tolerance : the case study of St Aber's and Mawerley, PhD awarded with minor corrections in July 2018. Co-supervised with John Solomos.

Alexandra Kviat, Placemaking in the post-functionalist, post-digital and post-creative city: the case study of Ziferblat, PhD awarded with minor corrections in December 2018. Co-supervised with Alice Mah. Chancellor's Scholarship.

Davinia Gregory, Learning from The Drum: Toward a decolonization of the arts in the UK, PhD awarded with major corrections in January 2020. Co-supervised with Eleonora Belfiore. Collaborative ESRC scholarship with The Drum.



(2021) Violent Ignorance: confronting racism and migration control. London: Zed Books/Bloomsbury.

(2017) Jones, H, Gunaratnam, Y, Bhattacharyya, G, Davies, W, Dhaliwal, S, Forkert, K, Jackson, E and Saltus, R, Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies, Manchester: MUP. Also available as free pdf

(2014) Jones, H and Jackson, E (eds) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. London: Routledge/Earthscan. Free sample chapter available.

(2013) Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change: Uncomfortable positions in local government, Bristol: The Policy Press. Winner of the 2014 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Preview sections available.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

(2020) "‘We are the European family’: unsettling the role of family in belonging, race, nation and the European project", Open Arts Journal, Issue 8: Brexit Wounds, pp 15-28, (open access)

(2019) "More in common: the domestication of misogynist white supremacy and the assassination of Jo Cox", Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 42, no 14, pp 2431-2449. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1577474 Access without library log-in here

(2015) Jones, H, Neal, S, Mohan, G, Connell, K, Cochrane, A and Bennett, K “Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised café spaces”, The Sociological Review, vol 63 no 3, pp 644-661. DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12311 Free pdf version available

(2015) Neal, S., Bennett, K, Jones, H, Cochrane, A and Mohan, G “Multiculture and public parks: researching super-diversity and attachment in public green space”, Population, Space and Place, vol 21, no 5, pp 463–475, DOI: 10.1002/psp.1910 Free pdf version available

(2014) '"The best borough in the country for cohesion!": managing place and multiculture in local government', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 37, no 4, pp 605-620, doi: 10.1080/01419870.2013.808758 Free pdf version available

Book chapters

(2021) "UK immigration policy in a hostile environment" in Jones, B, Norton, P and Hertner, I (eds) Politics UK 10th Edition, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 726-742.

(2020) Gunaratnam, Y and Jones, H "Same difference? Researching racism and immigration" in Solomos, J (ed) Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms, Abingdon: Routledge, pp.391-405.

(2016) Forkert, K, Jackson, E and Jones, H "Whose Feelings Count? Performance Politics, Emotion and Government Immigration Control" in Jupp, E, Pykett, J and Smith, F (eds) Emotional States: Sites and spaces of affective governance, London: Routledge, pp.177-190.

(2014) Jones, H, Jackson, E and Rhys-Taylor, A "Moving, and being moved" in Jones, H. and Jackson, E. (eds) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. London: Routledge/Earthscan, pp. 1-14.

(2014) "Uncomfortable feelings: how local belonging works on local policy makers" in Jones, H. and Jackson, E. (eds) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. London: Routledge/Earthscan, pp. 196-202.

(2014) Jackson, E and Jones, H "Creeping familiarities and cosmopolitan futures" in Jones, H. and Jackson, E. (eds) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. London: Routledge/Earthscan, pp. 196-202.

(2013) 'Collaboration and Mutual Support in the Third Sector' in Marjorie Mayo, Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Carol Packham (eds) Community Research for Community Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2013) Jones, H, Jones, V and Camilo Cock, J 'Impact Measurement or Agenda-Setting?' in Marjorie Mayo, Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Carol Packham (eds) Community Research for Community Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2012) "Interview with sociologist Hannah Jones by Ruth Ewan and students from George Mitchell School" in Ruth Ewan, Liberties of the Savoy. London: Bookworks and CREATE London.

(2011) "Negotiating community cohesion", in Alexander, C and James, M (eds) New Directions, New Voices, London: Runnymede Trust.

Research and policy reports

(2012) Seeing the Difference: Measuring the Impact of Small Community Organisations. London: Goldsmiths, University of London.

(2012) Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership: Country research report - United Kingdom. Oxford: COMPAS.

(2011) What makes hosting relationships work? How large and small organisations support each other in the third sector. London: Locality.

(2010) Sustainability reporting matters: the state of sustainability reporting in the public sector, London: Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Newspapers, magazines, online

Sirriyeh, A, Ono-George, M, Al-ahdal, T, Singh Gharu, J, Alake, R and Jones, H (2021) "Decolonial and Anti-Racist Student Activism", The Sociological review Blog, 11 February.

(2021) Violent Ignorance book launch: Hannah Jones in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti, 28 January.

(2018) Hillary Clinton’s centrist remedy to stop right-wing populists apes their own anti-migration rhetoric, The Conversation, 10 December.

(2018) State of Sociology: Hannah Jones, The Sociological Review Blog, 30 October

(2018) Bhattacharyya, G, Davies, W, Dhaliwal, S, Forkert, K, Gunaratnam, Y, Jackson, E, Jones, H and Saltus, R "Go Home?" Five years on, Open Democracy, 9 October

(2015) "On Being a Twenty First Century Sociologist: a response to Robert Moore", Discover Society, issue 27, 1 Dec

(2015) "Public opinion on the refugee crisis is changing fast – and for the better," The Conversation, 4th September.

(2015) "On ‘British Values’ and Building Fences at Calais," The Huffington Post Blog, 21st August [reposted from]

(2014) Jones, H, Bhattacharyya, G, Forkert, K, Davies, W, Dhaliwal, S, Gunaratnam, Y, Jackson, E, Saltus, R and Action Against Racism and Xenophobia '"Swamped" by Anti-Immigrant Communications?", Discover Society, 6th May.

(2011) Jones, H and Riley, M "Behind the Salford riots: 'the kids are angry'", The Guardian, 5 September.

(2011) Salford and Manchester: Some Words on Gwen Jones' photoblog.

(2011) "Measuring happiness", Accounting and Business Magazine, February pp 52–3.

(2010) Jones, H and Jones, G Blackpool Illuminations on Gwen Jones' photoblog

(2008) "Surrounding Hackney", Street Signs, Autumn.

(2008) Jackson, E, Jones, H and Saha, A "A New York Trilogy", Street Signs, Autumn.

See also various entries on

Media comment

Hannah is available for media comment on her areas of expertise. She has previously been interviewed and provided commentary for TV (Sky News, Russia Today), radio (multiple local BBC radio stations, WBAI New York, SFM Radio) and print (The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Hindu BusinessLine). She also writes on current events for The Conversation and the Huffington Post Blog. Hannah can be contacted by email or through the press office.