Professor Fran Tonkiss

Professor Fran Tonkiss

Deputy Head of Department

Department of Sociology

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About me

Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology, and Deputy Head of Department. Her research and teaching is in the fields of urban and economic sociology. Her research interests focus on urban inequalities, urban development and design, social and spatial divisions, and the socio-economic organisation of urban space.  Publications in these fields include Cities by Design: the social life of urban form (Polity, 2013), Space, the City and Social Theory (Polity, 2005), and Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Production, Inequality (Routledge, 2006). She is the co-author of Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001, with Don Slater), and co-editor of Trust and Civil Society (Macmillan, 2000, with Andrew Passey). She is currently managing editor of Economy and Society; she was previously an editor of the British Journal of Sociology, and remains a member of the editorial board.

Fran Tonkiss supervises doctoral students undertaking research on urban development, the economic and spatial structuring of cities, urban economies and inequalities.

Selected Publications


Cities by Design: The social life of urban form Polity, December 2013

Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalisation, Work and Inequality. London: Routledge, 2006.

Space, the City and Social Theory. Cambridge: Polity, 2005.

Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Thought, with Don Slater. Cambridge: Polity, 2001.

Trust and Civil Society, edited with Andrew Passey. London: Macmillan, 2000.

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Articles and Chapters 

(2012) 'Informality and its discontents', in M.Angélil and R.Hehl (eds) Informalize! Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form. Berlin: Ruby Press, pp. 55-70.

(2012) 'World Economic Forum', in in G. Ritzer (ed.) Blackwell Encyclodedia of Sociology Online.

(2012) ‘The one-dimensional city’, City, 16/1-2: 216-19.

(2012) ‘Economic globalization’ in G. Ritter (ed) The Wiley-Blackwell Encylopedia of Globalization. 485-93.

(2012) 'International Organization of Securities Commissions', in G. Ritter (ed) The Wiley-Blackwell Encylopedia of Globalization. 1174-76.

(2012) 'Focus groups', in C. Seale (ed.) Researching Society and Culture (3rd edition). London: Sage. 227-44.

(2012) 'Discourse analysis', in C. Seale (ed.) Researching Society and Culture (3rd edition). London: Sage. 405-23.

(2012) 'Content and comparative keyword analysis' (co-authored with Clive Seale), in C. Seale (ed.) Researching Society and Culture (3rd edition). London: Sage. 459-478.

(2012) 'Review: Xuefei Ren, Building Globalization: Transnational Architectural Production in China', British Journal of Sociology 63/1: 190-92.

(2011) ‘Template urbanism: four points about assemblage’, City, 15/5: 584-88.

(2011) ‘The Just City by Susan Fainstein’, Contemporary Sociology, 40/5: 584-5.

(2011) ‘Review Symposium: Anna Minton Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City’, Sociology, 45/2: 335-6.

(2011) 'Spatial causes, social effects: A response to Soja', City, 15/1: 85-86.

(2010) 'The market and the plan: Housing, urban renewal and socio-economic change in London', (co-authored with Jamie Keddie) City,Culture and Society 1/3.

(2010) 'Urban poverty and gender in advanced economies: the persistence of feminised disadvantage', in:S. Chant (ed.) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: concepts, research, policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 153-8.

(2010) Searching for the just city: debates in urban theory and practice [Book review]. Local Government Studies, 36 (4).

(2010) 'The British Journal of Sociology in the 2000s: sociology in a new century', British Journal of Sociology, 61 (s1): 343-345.

(2010) 'The British Journal of Sociology in the 1970s: continuity and crisis', British Journal of Sociology, 61 (s1): 141-145.

(2010)’ L’etica dell’indifferanza: communità e solitudine nella città’ (Trans: Laura Gherardi), Dialoghi Internazionali:città nel mondo. 13 (Autumn): pp. 146-59. The Ethics of Indifference

(2009) ‘Trust, confidence and economic crisis’, Intereconomics 44/4: 196-202. Pdf link

(2009) 'Globalization, migration, labour', Sociology 43/1: 179-85

(2008) 'New manifestations: Paris, Seattle and after', New Formations 65/4: 67-77.

(2008) 'Postcapitalist politics?' Economy and Society 37/2: 304-12.

(2008) 'Global political economy: power, labour, politics', Sociology Compass 2 (2008): 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2007.00087.x

(2007) 'Re-writing equality: difference, social justice and "postsocialist" politics.' In Re-writing democracy. Edited by Ermarth, E. Ashgate, 2007, pp. 66-81.

(2007) 'Kulturstudien und der "economic turn".' In Die Politik der Cultural Studies - Cultural Studies der Politik. Edited by Harrasser, K.; Riedmann, K.; Scott, A.; et al. Turia and Kant, 2007, pp. 214-226. Pdf of unpublished English language version.

(2007) 'Seeing like a city: governance in London.' In BCN-LON 2020. Edited by Beunderman, J.; Mean, M.; Sanchez de Juan, J-A. Fundacio Ramon Trias Fargas/DEMOS, 2007, pp. 47-51. Pdf Link

(2006) 'Is economic sociology "ready" for globalization?' Economic Sociology The European Electronic Newsletter 7/3: 3-8. Pdf Link 

(2004) 'Trust and social capital', in J. Franklin (ed.) Politics, Trust and Networks: Social Capital in Critical Perspective. Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group Working Paper 7. Pdf Link 

(2003) 'The ethics of indifference: community and solitude in the city'. International Journal of Cultural Studies 6/3, pp. 297-311.

(2003) 'Aural postcards: sound, memory and the city', in M. Bull and L. Back (eds) A Reader in Auditory Culture. Oxford: Berg, pp. 303-309.

(2002) 'Between markets, firms and networks: constituting the cultural economy', in S. Metcalfe and A. Warde (eds) Market Relations and the Competitive Process. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 114-29.

(2002) 'The third influence: the Blair government and Australian Labor', co-authored with Carol. Johnson. Policy & Politics 30/1: 5-18.

(2001) 'Inner city living', in J. Barrett and C. Butler-Bowdon (eds) Debating the City. Sydney: Historic Houses Trust/Museum of Sydney, pp. 3-10.

(2000) 'Markets against states: neo-liberalism', in K. Nash and A. Scott (eds) The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 250-60.

(2000) 'Trust, social capital and economy', in F. Tonkiss and A. Passey (eds) Trust and Civil Society. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 72-89.

(2000) 'Trust and voluntary association', with Andrew. Passey. In F. Tonkiss and A. Passey (eds) Trust and Civil Society. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 31-51.

(2000) 'Social justice and the city: equity, cohesion and the politics of space', in G. Bridge and S. Watson (eds) A Companion to the City. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 591-98.

(1999) 'Trust, confidence and voluntary organisations: between values and institutions', co-authored with Andrew. Passey. Sociology 33/2: 257-74.


Urban Sociology; Inequalities; Urban Economies; Spatial Divisions