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Johanna Waters

JLW-photo.jpgRoom G09
UCL Department of Geography
26 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AP.

E-mail: johanna.waters@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter: @johannalwaters

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Neath, Johanna left South Wales to read Geography at Jesus College, Oxford before spending five happy years in Vancouver, at UBC, where she completed her MA and PhD in Geography under the supervision of Professor David Ley.

Johanna began her academic career as a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool in 2004, before moving to take up a Senior Lecturership at the University of Birmingham. She then moved to the University of Oxford (in 2013) and was heavily involved with teaching on the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the Department for Continuing Education. She taught mainly undergraduate lectures in the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) and was a Fellow of Kellogg College. She is presently an Honorary Research Associate at the SoGE and a visiting fellow of Kellogg. She is also pleased to have been elected to dining rights at Girton College, Cambridge. In May 2018, she took up the post of Reader in Human Geography and Migration Studies at UCL. Johanna lives in Cambridge and has three daughters.

Books

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (forthcoming, 2021) Student Mobilities and Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2017) Materialities and Mobilities in Education. London and New York: Routledge

Abebe, T. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2017) Geographies of Children and Young People: Labouring and Learning. Dordrecht: Springer

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2013) Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalisation of Higher Education (paperback edition with new foreword). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Brooks, R., Fuller, A. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2012) Changing Spaces of Education: New Perspectives on the Nature of Learning Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2011) Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Waters, J. L. (2008) Education, Migration and Cultural Capital in the Chinese Diaspora: Transnational Students between Hong Kong and Canada New York: Cambria Press

 

Journal articles

Waters, J. L. (in press) In anticipation: educational (im)mobilities, structural disadvantage, and young people’s futures. Journal of Intercultural Studies.

Waters, J. L. (2018). International Education is Political! Exploring the Politics of International Student Mobilities. Journal of International Students. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1254611

Sin, I. L., Leung, M. W. H. & Waters, J. L.  (2017) Degrees of value: comparing the contextual complexities of UK transnational education in Malaysia and Hong Kong, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1390663

Leung, M. and Waters, J. (2017) Educators sans frontières? Borders and power geometries in the transnational education social field. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43 (8): 1276 – 1291

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2017) Domesticating transnational education: fortifying discourses of social value and self-worth in ‘meritocratic’ Hong Kong. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 42 (2): 233-245

Waters, J. (2017) Education unbound? Enlivening debates with a mobilities perspective on learning. Progress in Human Geography 41 (3): 271 - 298

Waters, J. (2015) Educational imperatives and the compulsion for credentials: family migration and children's education in East Asia. Children's Geographies, 13(3): 280-293

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2015) 'The magical operations of separation': English elite schools' on-line geographies, internationalisation and functional isolation. Geoforum, 58: 86-94

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2014) The hidden internationalism of elite English schools. Sociology, 49(2): 212-228

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2014) 'These are not the best students': continuing education, transnationalisation and Hong Kong's young adult 'educational non-elite'. Children's Geographies, 12(1): 56-69

Leung, M. and Waters, J. (2013) British degrees made in Hong Kong: an enquiry into the role of space and place in transnational education. Asia Pacific Education Review, 14(1): 43-53

Tse, J. and Waters, J. (2013) Transnational youth transitions: becoming adults between Vancouver and Hong Kong. Global Networks 13 (4): 535-550

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2013) Immobile transnationalisms? Young people and their in situ experiences of 'international' education in Hong Kong. Urban Studies, 50(3): 606-620 [Also appeared in “International Education” edited by T. Bunnell, M. Hayden,& J. Thompson, published by SAGE Publications as part of the SAGE Library of Educational Thought and Practice.]

Leung, M.W.H. and Waters, J.L. (2013). Transnational higher education for capacity development? An analysis of British degree programmes in Hong Kong. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11 (4): 479-497.

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2013) A colourful university life? Transnational higher education and the spatial dimensions of institutional social capital in Hong Kong. Population, Space and Place 19: 155-167

Waters, J. (2012) Editorial: The socio-spatial fragmentation of higher education: some unexpected consequences of internationalisation. Geoforum 43 (5): A1-A3

Waters, J. (2012) Geographies of international education: mobilities and the reproduction of social (dis)advantage. Geography Compass 6 (3)

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2012) Young people and the reproduction of disadvantage through transnational higher education in Hong Kong. Sociological Research On-line 17 (3): 1 – 6 [nominated for the SAGE prize 2013]

Brooks, R., Waters, J. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2012) Transnational education and the employability of UK students. British Educational Research Journal 38 (2): 281-298

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2011) Introduction: international/transnational Spaces of education. Globalisation, Societies and Education 9 (2): 155-160

Waters, J., Brooks, R. and Pimlott-Wilson, H. (2011) Youthful escapes: British students, overseas education and the pursuit of happiness. Social and Cultural Geography 12 (5): 455-470

Waters, J. L. (2011) Time and transnationalism: a longitudinal study of immigration, endurance and settlement in Canada. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (37) 7: 1119-1135

Waters, J. (2010) Distinction, social advantage and mobility: understanding the role of migration in the employment experiences of graduates in Hong Kong. BELGEO 4: 383-393

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2010) ‘Vive la différence’? The ‘international’ experiences of UK students overseas. Population, Space and Place 17 (5): 567-578

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2010) Accidental achievers? International higher education and class reproduction and privilege in the experiences of UK students overseas. British Journal of Sociology of Education 31 (2): 217-228

Waters, J. L. (2010) Becoming a father, missing a wife: Chinese transnational families and the male experience of lone parenting in Canada. Population, Space and Place 16 (1): 63-74

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2010) Social networks and educational mobility: the experiences of UK students. Globalisation, Societies and Education 8 (1): 143-157

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2009) A second chance at ‘success’: UK students and global circuits of higher education. Sociology 43 (6): 1085-1102

Waters, J. L. (2009) Immigration, transnationalism and ‘flexible citizenship’ in Canada: an examination of Ong’s thesis ten years on. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie 100 (5): 635-645 [invited contribution to celebrate 100th issue]

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2009) International higher education and the mobility of UK students. Journal of Research in International Education 8(2): 191-209

Waters, J. L. (2009) In pursuit of scarcity: transnational students, ‘employability’ and the MBA. Environment and Planning A 41 (8): 1865-1883

Waters, J. L. (2009) Transnational geographies of academic distinction: the role of social capital in the recognition and evaluation of ‘overseas’ credentials. Globalisation, Societies and Education 7(2): 113-129

Waters, J. L. (2007) ‘Roundabout routes and sanctuary schools’: the role of situated educational practices and habitus in the creation of transnational professionals. Global Networks 7 (4): 477-497

Featherstone, D., Phillips, R. and Waters, J. (2007) Introduction: spatialities of transnational networks. Global Networks 7 (4): 383-391

Waters, J. L. (2006) Emergent geographies of international education and social exclusion. Antipode 38 (5): 1046-1068

Waters, J. L. (2006) Geographies of cultural capital: education, international migration and family strategies between Hong Kong and Canada. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 31 (2): 179-192 [Original paper republished in two Virtual Issues of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers: Migration, society and globalisation (2014) Eds. Adrian J. Bailey and Brenda S. A. Yeoh; Geographies of Education and Learning (2012) Eds. Sarah L. Holloway and Heike Jöns]

Waters, J. L. (2005) Transnational family strategies and education in the contemporary Chinese diaspora. Global Networks 5 (4): 359-378

Waters, J. L. (2003) Flexible citizens? Transnationalism and citizenship amongst economic immigrants in Vancouver. The Canadian Geographer 47 (3): 219-234

Waters, J. L. (2002) Flexible families? ‘Astronaut’ households and the experiences of lone mothers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Social and Cultural Geography 3 (2): 117-134

 

Book chapters

Waters, J. and Leung. M (forthcoming) South-South Cooperation through Education? The example of China with/in Africa, in E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and P. Daley (eds.) The Handbook of South-South Relations Routledge.

Waters, J. (2018) Geographies of Education Oxford Bibliographies, OUP,  DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0182

Waters, J. and Leung, M. (2017) Trans-knowledge? Geography, Mobility and Knowledge in Transnational Education. In Meusburger, P., Livingstone, D. and Jons, H. (eds.) Mobilities of Knowledge, volume 10, Klaus Tschira Knowledge and Space Series, Dordrecht: Springer.

Abebe, T. and Waters, J. (2016) Introduction; Labouring and Learning. In Abebe, T. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2016) Geographies of Children and Young People: Labouring and Learning, Dordrecht: Springer.

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2016) The mobility imperative: English schools and ‘fair’ access to international higher education. In Mountford-Zimdars, A. and Harrison, N. (eds.) (2017) Access to Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges Abingdon: Routledge.

Waters, J. (2016) Theorising Mobilities in Children’s Educational Experiences: Promises and Pitfalls. In Skelton, T., White, A and Ni Laorie, C. (eds.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys, Dordrecht: Springer.

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2015) The boundaries of privilege: elite English schools' geographies and depictions of a local community. In Van Zanten, A. and Ball, S.J. (eds.) World Yearbook of Education 2015 - Elites, Privilege and Excellence: The National and Global Redefinition of Educational Advantage, London and New York: Routledge.

Waters, J. (2015) Dysfunctional mobilities: international education and the chaos of movement. In, Wyn, J. and Cahill, H. (eds.) Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, Dordrecht: Springer.

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2013) 'Global graduates', student mobility and the funding of higher education. Chapter 8 in, Heller, D. and Callender, C. (eds.) Student Financing of Higher Education: A comparative perspective, London and New York: Routledge.

Waters, J. (2013) Mobilities. In, Lee, R., Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Paasi, A., Philo, C., Radcliffe, S., Roberts, S.M. and Withers, C. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Progress in Human Geography, London: SAGE.

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2013) Accidental achievers? International higher education, class reproduction and privilege in the experiences of UK students overseas. Chapter 5 in, David, M. and Naidoo, R. (eds.) The Sociology of Higher Education: Reproduction, transformation and change in a global era, London and New York: Routledge.

Waters, J. (2012) Perspectives on geography and learning. Chapter 41 in, Jarvis, P. (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook on Learning, London and New York: Routledge.

Waters, J. and Brooks, R. (2012) Transnational spaces, international students: emergent perspectives on educational mobilities. In Brooks, R., Fuller, A. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2012) Changing spaces of education: new perspectives on the nature of learning, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge: 21-38.

Brooks, R., Fuller, A. and Waters, J. (2012) Changing spaces of education: introduction. In Brooks, R., Fuller, A. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2012) Changing spaces of education: new perspectives on the nature of learning, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge: 1-17.

Fuller, A., Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2012) Afterword: from changing spaces of education to changing spaces of learning. In Brooks, R., Fuller, A. and Waters, J. (eds.) (2012) Changing spaces of education: new perspectives on the nature of learning, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge: 261-263.

Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2010) Young Europeans and Educational Mobility. In Worsching, M. and Leaman, J. (eds.) Youth in Contemporary Europe, Oxford: Routledge: 85-102.

Waters, J. L. (2009) Immigration. In Kitchen, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 5 Oxford: Elsevier: 297-307.

Waters, J. L. (2009) Internationalization of education. In Kitchen, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 5 Oxford: Elsevier: 548-554.

Waters, J. L. (2009) Cultural capital. In Kitchen, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 2 Oxford: Elsevier: 404-406.

Ley, D. and Waters, J. L. (2004) Transnational migration and the geographical imperative. In Jackson, P., Crang, P. and Dwyer, C. (eds.) Transnational Spaces, London: Routledge: 104-121.

Waters, J. L. (2003) ‘Satellite Kids’ in Vancouver: transnational migration, education and the experiences of lone children. In Charney, M.W. Yeoh, B.S.A. and Kiong, T.C. (eds.) Asian Migrants and Education, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers: 165-184.

 

Book reviews and review essays

Waters, J. (2018, online early) Race, Education, and Citizenship: Mobile Malaysians, British Colonial Legacies and a Culture of Migration by Sin Yee Koh. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.

Waters, J. (2018) The toxic university: zombie leadership, academic rock stars, and neoliberal ideology, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39:5, 729-732, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2018.1469259

Waters, J. L. (2018) ‘Elites’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39:3, 412-419, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2018.1424104

Waters, J. L. (2011) Jeffrey, C., Jeffery, P. and Jeffery, R. Degrees without freedom? Education, masculinities and unemployment in North India. Reviewed for Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 41 (3): 439-441

Waters, J. L. (2008) Ruble, B. A.  2005 Creating Diversity Capital: transnational migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv. Reviewed for National Identities 10 (2): 237-246

Waters, J. L. (2008) Edwards, R. and Usher, R. 2008 Globalisation and Pedagogy: Space, Place and Identity (2nd edition). Reviewed for International Journal of Lifelong Education 27 (5): 599-607

Waters, J. L. (2006) Mitchell, K. 2004 Crossing the neo-liberal line: Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis. Reviewed for Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96 (1): 212-214

Waters, J. L. (2005) Ong, A. 2003 Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, The New America. Reviewed for Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23 (6): 925-938

Waters, J. L. (2005) Massey, D. S. and Edward Taylor, J. (eds.) 2004 International Migration: Prospects and Policies in a Global Market. Reviewed for Population Studies 59 (1): 119-134

Waters, J. L. (2004) Ostergaard-Nielsen, E. (ed.) 2003 International Migration and Sending Countries: Perceptions, Policies, and Transnational Relations. Reviewed for Population Studies 58 (2): 247-257

Waters, J. L. (2001) Willis, K. and Yeoh, B. (eds.) 2000 Gender and Migration. Reviewed for Journal of International Migration and Integration 2 (1): 144-145

Johanna has three current projects.

  1. Cross-border schooling between Shenzhen and Hong Kong (funded by Oxford University fell Fund and Utrecht University). With Maggi Leung (Utrecht University) and Yunyun Qin (University of Hong Kong)
  2. London-based ‘satellite’ campuses of UK HEIs and the changing spatialities of higher education. With Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey).
  3. Transnational education and palliative care provision in Kenya. With Gail Lansdown and Dave Roberts (Oxford Brookes University).

    Johanna is teaching on undergraduate modules Space and Society (year 1), Transnational Migration (year 3) and the MSc in Global Migration (convening Issues). She is the Affiliate and International Tutor for 2018 – 2019.

     

    She is Secretary of the Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG.

     

     

    Johanna welcomes enquiries from students interested in aspects of transnational education, transnational households, international schooling, international higher education, transnational higher education, mobilities and migration.

    Jihyun Lee (UCL)

    Kris Lee (Oxford)

    Zhe Wang (Oxford)

    Linda Beyer (Oxford)

    Bastian Thomsen (Oxford)