Jacqueline H. Watts, PhD, MSc, MA, BSc (Hons), PGCE, CertHe

Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor
Faculty of Health and Social Care
Open University
1-11 Hawley Crescent
Camden Town, London NW1 8NP, UK



• (2010-2012), Birkbeck College, London CertHe (distinction) Social Anthropology
• (2006-2008), University of Bath MSc (distinction) Death and Society
• (2002-2004), University of Hertfordshire PGCE (Further/Higher Education)
• (1998-2003), Middlesex University, School of Health and Social Sciences Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis: Women in Civil Engineering: Continuity and Change
• (1993-1995), Middlesex University MA (merit) Gender and Society
• (1972-1975), University College, London BSc (Hons) International Relations

Current Position

• Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University (Promoted from Lecturer B, October 2009)

Research Interest

Her research interests are in the field of Gender and Health, particularly End of life care, the Social context of Death and Dying and Gendering of Healthcare roles. In March 2015 Ashgate will publish a sole-authored monograph of mine entitled Gender, Health and Healthcare: Womens and Mens Experience of Health and Working in Healthcare Roles.

Scientific Activities


• (2013-Present), Reviewer for Sociology of Health and Illness
• (2013-Present), Reviewer for International Journal of Social Research Methodology
• (2013-Present), Invited Editorial Board member, Illness Crisis and Loss
• (2012-Present), Reviewer for Geoforum
• (2012-Present), Reviewer for Journal of Construction in Developing Countries
• (2012-Present), Reviewer for Gender and Society
• (2012-Present), Reviewer for Field Methods
• (2011-2014), Editor in Chief, BSA journal Medical Sociology Online
• (2011-Present), Reviewer for Qualitative Health Research
• (2011-2013), Re-elected member Editorial Board BSA journal Work, Employment and Society
• (2011-Present), Invited member Editorial Board, End of Life Journal
• (2011-Present), Reviewer for Womens Studies International Forum
• (2010-Present), Reviewer for Voluntary Sector Review
• (2010-Present), Reviewer for Construction Management and Economics
• (2010-Present), Invited member Editorial Board, End of Life Care Journal
• (2009-Present), Reviewer for Journal of Health Psychology
• (2009-Present), Reviewer for European Journal of Womens Studies
• (2008-Present), Reviewer for Routledge journal MORTALITY
• (2008-2010), Elected member Editorial Board BSA journal Work, Employment and Society


1. Cavaye J, Watts JH. Student nurses learning about death, dying and loss: too little, too late? Illness, Crisis and Loss. 2014; 22(4): 293-310. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.22.4.c
2. Cavaye J, Watts JH. An integrated literature review of death education in pre-registration nursing curricula: key themes. International Journal of Palliative Care. 2014. doi: 10.1155/2014/564619
3. Watts JH. Exploring the social of social work in palliative care: working with diversity. Illness Crisis and Loss. 2013; 21(4): 281-295. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.21.4.b
4. Watts JH. Considering the role of social work in palliative care: reflections from the literature. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2013; 20(4): 199-201.
5. Watts JH. To publish or not to publish before submission? Considerations for doctoral students and supervisors. Creative Education. 2012; 3(26A Special Issue): 1101-1107. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.326165
6. Watts JH. Hospice volunteering: work, socially useful leisure or just filling in time?. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2012; 19(4): 195-197.
7. Watts JH. Women working in construction management roles: is it worth it? Global Journal of Management Science and Technology. 2012; 1(3): 38-44.
8. Watts JH. Working as a hospice volunteer. Illness Crisis and Loss. 2012; 20(2): 101-117.
9. Watts JH. Preparing doctoral candidates for the viva: issues for students and supervisors. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 2012; 36(3): 371-381. doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.632819
10. Watts JH. To publish or not to publish before submission? Considerations for doctoral students and supervisors. Educational Practice and Theory. 2012; 34(1): 65-79. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.326165
11. Watts JH, Abela J. Malta Hospice Movement: care in a tightly knit community. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2011; 18(2): 97-99.doi:
12. Watts JH. Ethical and practical challenges of participant observation in sensitive health research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 2010. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2010.517658
13. Cavaye JE, Watts JH. End-of-life education in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: patient, carer, nurse and student perspectives. Journal of Research in Nursing. 2010. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744987110379531
14. Watts JH. Team supervision of the doctorate: managing roles, relationships and contradictions. Teaching in Higher Education. 2010; 15(3): 335-339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562511003740908
15. Watts JH, Psaila C. Spiritual care at the end of life: whose job is it? European Journal of Palliative Care. 2010; 17(3): 126-129.
16. Watts JH. Teaching a distance higher education curriculum behind bars: challenges and opportunities. Open Learning. 2010; 25(1): 57-64.
17. Watts JH. Cancer, life review and the boundary between the personal and academic research, Electronic Nottingham Quarterly for Ideas. Research and Evaluation – ENQUIRE. 2009; 4: 1-22.doi:
18. Watts JH. From professional to PhD student: challenges of status transition. Teaching in Higher Education. 2009; 14(6): 687-691. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562510903315357
19. Watts JH. Leaders of men: women managing in construction. Work Employment and Society. 2009; 23(3): 512-530.doi: 10.1177/0950017009337074
20. Watts JH. Meanings of spirituality at the cancer drop-in. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. 2009; 4(2): 86-93.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482620902831185
21. Watts JH. Working with emotion in palliative day care. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2009; 16(4): 188-190.doi:
22. Watts JH. ”I come because I can”. Stories of hope from the cancer drop-in. Illness, Crisis and Loss. 2009; 17 (2): 151-168. doi: 10.2190/IL.17.2.e
23. Watts JH. Journeying with Morrie: challenging notions of professional delivery of spiritual care at the end of life. Illness, Crisis and Loss. 2008; 16(4): 305-319. doi: 10.2190/IL.16.4.c
24. Watts JH. Impression management: a form of emotion work for women in a male-dominated profession. International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion. 2008; 2(3): 221-235. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJWOE.2008.019424
25. Watts JH. Emotion, empathy and exit: reflections on doing ethnographic qualitative research on sensitive topics. Medical Sociology Online. 2008; 3(2): 3-14.doi:
26. Watts JH, Waraker SM. When is a student not a student? Issues of identity and conflict on a distance learning work-based nurse education programme. Learning in Health and Social Care. 2008; 7(2): 105-113. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-6861.2008.00176.x
27. Watts JH. Challenges of supervising part-time PhD students: towards student-centred practice. Teaching in Higher Education. 2008; 13(3): 369-373. doi: 10.1080/13562510802045402
28. Watts JH. Locating the I in the teaching of death and dying: challenges of the open distance learning model. Open Learning. 2007; 22(3): 263-271. doi: 10.1080/02680510701619968
29. Watts JH. Allowed into a mans world. Meanings of work/life balance: perspectives of women civil engineers as minority workers in construction. Gender Work and Organization. 2007. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00352.x
30. Watts JH. Porn, pride and pessimism: experiences of women working in professional construction roles. Work Employment and Society. 2007; 21(2): 299-316. doi: 10.1177/0950017007076641
31. Watts J. Cant take a joke? Humour as resistance, refuge and exclusion in a highly gendered workplace. Feminism and Psychology. 2007; 17(2): 259-266. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959353507076560
32. Watts J. The outsider within: dilemmas of qualitative feminist research within a culture of resistance. Qualitative Research. 2006; 6(3): 385-402. doi: 10.1177/1468794106065009