Charles Watters, PhD
Professor of Childhood Studies
405-7 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Impact of migration and globalization on children
Charles Watters, PhD is Professor of Childhood Studies and Department Chair. His research interests focus on the impact of migration and globalization on children and encompasses areas such as asylum seeking and refugee children, health and well-being, identity and education. His interests include international work on the phenomenon of street children and on the causes and consequences of the forced migration of children. His research includes a comparative study into the mental health and social care of refugees in four European countries on behalf of European Commission, and studies of reception arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seekers in Europe. His work also includes a major study under the ESRC Identities and Social Action Program into the impact of the immigration process on children’s identities. His international activities include teaching and research collaborations with universities across the globe. He is Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Brasilia, where he is developing a research programme on internal migration and mental health. He has acted as an international expert to a range of initiatives on migration including acting as a Scientific Advisor to the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union and international advisor to the Nordic Research Group on Refugee Children. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. His publications include the 2008 book Refugee Children: Towards the Next Horizon. Routledge.
Watters, C (2008) Refugee Children: Towards the Next Horizon. Routledge London.
Watters, C (2002) The Mental Health and Social Care Needs of Refugees in the UK. Refugee Council, London.
Commissioned and in Preparation
Watters, C (2011) Childhood Studies: Refugee and Displaced Children. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press
Watters, C (2011) Childhood Studies: Migration. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press
Adam Rutland, Lindsey Cameron, Philipp Jugert, Dennis Nigbur, Rupert Brown, Charles Watters, Rosa Hossain, Anick Landau, Dominique Le Touze. Group identity and peer relations: A longitudinal study of group identity, perceived peer acceptance and friendships amongst ethnic minority English children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
Watters, C (2011) Education, Migration and the `Failure’ of Multiculturalism. British Journal of Sociology of Education. Taylor and Francis
Ruiz-Casares, M., Rousseau, C., Derluyn, I., Watters, C., & Crépeau, F. (2010) “Rights and access to healthcare for undocumented children: addressing the gap between international conventions and disparate implementations in North America and Europe”. Social Science and Medicine. Elsevier
Watters, C (2010) “Migrants, Refugees and Mental Health Care in Europe” Hellenic Journal of Psychology.Thessaloniki
Nigbur, D., Brown, R., Cameron, L., Hossain, R., Landau, A., Rutland, A., le Touze, D., Watters, C., (2008) “Acculturation, well-being and classroom behaviour among British and British Asian primary school children in the South-East of England: Validating a child-friendly measure of acculturation attitudes” International Journal of Intercultural Relations. International Academy of Intercultural Research. Elsevier.
Hossain, R., Watters, C., Brown, R., Cameron, L., Landau, A., le Touze, D., Nigbur, D., Rutland, A. (2007) “Social capital, ethnicity and children’s well-being: Aspects of social capital in the everyday lives of British Punjabi children”, International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care 3(2). Pavilion Publishers.
Watters, C (2007) “Refugees at Europe’s Borders: the moral economy of care”, Transcultural Psychiatry 44, 394-417. Sage Publications.
Hossain, R and Watters, C (2005) Refugee Children at School: International Perspectives on Good Practice. Vol. 1 No. 1 International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. PierProfessional. Brighton. England
Watters, C and Ingleby, D (2004) “Locations of Care: The mental health and social care of refugees in Europe”, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 27 549-570 Elsevier. Sydney.
Ingleby, D and Watters, C (2002) Refugee Children at School: Good Practices in Health and Social Care.Education and Health 43 Vol 20. No 3.
Watters, C (2002) “Migration and Mental Health Care in Europe: report of a preliminary mapping exercise”,Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol 28, No 1 153-172
Watters, C (2001) “Emerging Paradigms in the Mental Health Care of Refugees”, Social Science and Medicine, 52 1709-1718
Silove, D, Steel, Z and Watters, C (2000) “Policies of Deterrence and the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers”,Journal of the American Medical Association. Vol 284(5) August 2000. pp604-61. American Medical Association.
Watters, C. (1996) “Inequalities in Mental Health: The Inner City Mental Health Project”, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. Vol 6 (5). pp383-394. Wiley.
Watters, C (2011) Forced Migrants. International Handbook of Migration Studies. Routledge.
Watters, C (2011) Well Being of Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Handbook of Child Well-Being. Springer
Watters, C. (2011). Unaccompanied children: International challenges, local solutions. In Children on the move: Psychosocial work with unaccompanied refugee minors. Gyldendal. Norway.
Watters, C Chapter 2: Mental health and illness as human rights issues: philosophical, historical and social perspectives and controversies in Dudley, M, Silove, D and Gale, F Mental Health and Human Rights. Oxford University Press
Watters, C in Cook, D and Wall, J (Eds) Children and War. Children and War: Cultures of Mistrust and the Moral Economy of Care. Macmillan.
Watters, C. Hossain, R., Brown, Refugees and Rutland, A. (2009) Crossing thresholds –Acculturation and social capital in British Asian Children in Wetherall, M (ed) Identities and Social Action. Palgrave. Macmillan.
Watters, C (2009) Trafficking of Children in Europe in Trafficking in Europe. International Office for Migration. Geneva
Watters, C (2006) Refugees and Mental Health Care in Europe, in Knapp, McDaid, Mossialos, Thornicroft (eds) Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies). Open University Press
Watters, C (2005) Avenues of Access and the Parameters of Care: Reflections on Reception Procedures for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children at a Port of Entry in Björnberg, U (ed) The Asylum Seeking Child in Europe. Jean Monet Centre for Excellence. University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ingleby, D and Watters, C (2005) Mental Health and Social Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Comparative Study in Ingleby, D (ed) Forced Migration and Mental Health: Rethinking the Care of Displaced Persons. Springer. New York.
Watters, C (2003) Good Practice in the Mental Health Care of Refugees: Perspectives on South Africa in Cohen, R. (ed) Migration and Health in Southern Africa. University of Cape Town.
Watters, C. (1998) The mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers : Key issues in research and service development, in: Nicholson, F and Twomey, P. Current Issues of UK Asylum Law and Policy. pp282-297. Avebury.
Watters, C. (1996) Representations and realities: Black people, mental health and community care in W. Ahmad & K. Atkin (Ed.), Race and Community Care. pp105-123. Open University Press.
Watters, C. (1996) Representations of Asians in British psychiatry in C. Samson & N. South (Ed.), Conflict and Consensus in Social Policy; Racism, Citizenship and the Environment. Explorations in Sociology 44. British Sociological Association. London: Macmillan. pp88-105
Watters, C., & Murphy, G. (1996). The background and context, in J. Harris (Ed.), Purchasing Services for People with Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health Needs (pp. 1-4). Kidderminster: British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Murphy, G., & Watters, C. (1996). Purchasing for people with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and mental health needs, in J. Harris (Ed.), Purchasing Services for People with Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health Needs (pp. 47-63). Kidderminster: British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Selected Research Reports
Aspinall, P and Watters, C (2010) Refugees and Asylum Seekers: A Review from an Equality and Human Rights Perspective, Research Report 52, Equality and Human Rights Commission, London.
Watters C and Hossain, R. (2008) From Policy to Practice: The Reception of Asylum Seekers in Europe. Report to the European Commission. 10th European Conference on the Reception of Asylum Seekers. Malta 2008. European Commission.
Watters, C and Hossain, R. (2008) Guidelines for the Protection and Care of Separated Asylum Seeking Children Leaving Psychiatric Care. National Children’s Bureau, London.
Brown, R., Rutland, A., Watters, C. (2007) Final Report to ESRC. Identities in transition: a longitudinal study of immigrant children. Economic and Social Research Council.
Watters, C. (2007) “Recommendations for the development of Mental Health care of Migrants”. Portuguese Presidency of the European Union Conference: Health and Migration in the EU. 27-28 September 2007, Lisbon.
Watters, C. and Robinson K (2006) Report on a Safe Case Transfer Project for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. Manchester Metropolitan Councils and the Association of Directors of Social Services.
Watters, C and Ingleby, D (2003) Good Practice in Mental Health and Social Care of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A European partnership for progress. European Refugee Fund. European Commission. Brussels.
Watters, C (2001) Evaluation Report on the Breathing Space Project- an innovative mental health project for refugees and asylum seekers. Camelot Foundation, London.