Dr Katie Higgins


Katie Higgins is an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She joined the University of Sheffield in May 2019. She completed her PhD at the University of Sussex. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of British migrants living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. While carrying out her PhD, she spent 12 months as a visiting researcher at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and four months as a visiting researcher at Queen’s University, Canada.

Research interests

Her research examines migrants who are relatively privileged by citizenship, ‘race’ and class. She is interested in nationhood, belonging, urban multiculture and how critical scholarship on ‘race’ and colonialism can contribute to the field of migration studies.

She is currently working on a USF-funded project studying the lives and spaces of wealth elites in North West England.

Her recent publications include:

Higgins, K & Terruhn J. (forthcoming) Kinship, whiteness and the politics of belonging among British migrants and Pākehā in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 1-23.

Higgins, K., W. (2019) National belonging post-referendum: Britons living in other EU Member States respond to ‘Brexit’. Area. 1-19. (open access: https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/area.12472)