Dr Jacqueline Watts is Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Health and Social Care in the Faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies having joined the Open University in a tenured post in April 2004. This role follows a long first career as a training and technology transfer consultant to the civil engineering industry. Jacqueline’s main teaching and research interests are in the areas of death and dying, older people and later life and the sociology of work, particularly women's experience of the labour market.
PhD (Middlesex); MSc Death & Society with distinction (Bath); MA Gender & Society with merit (Middlesex); PGCE Further/Higher Education (Herts); BSc (Hons) International Relations (UCL); CertHe Social Anthropology with distinction (Birkbeck College, University of London).
Journals and editorships
In 2011, leading a team from the OU Faculty of Health & Social Care, Jacqueline took up a 3-year role as Editor-in-Chief of the BSA publication Medical Sociology Online that publishes news, commentaries and peer-reviewed research articles in the field of medical sociology. She was for five years an elected member of the editorial board of the BSA journal Work Employment & Society and currently serves as an invited editorial board member of the End of Life Journal. In September 2013 Jacqueline was invited to serve as a member of the editorial board of the US-based journal Illness, Crisis & Loss. In December 2014 Jacqueline began work as an editorial board member of the open journal Women's Health. Jacqueline is a regular reviewer for a number of international journals including: Qualitative Health Research, Sociology of Health & Illness, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Gender & Society, Field Methods, Geoform, Journal of Health Psychology, Gender Work & Organization and Construction Management & Economics.
Presentations and invited keynotes
Jacqueline has given a number of invited keynote plenary papers. In 2008 she gave an opening keynote presentation to The Association of Palliative Day Care Leaders Conference in Birmingham on the theme of working with emotion in end of life care. This was followed in 2009 by a Death and Dying Master Class on grief and bereavement at King’s College, London. In July 2012 Jacqueline gave the opening keynote address at the HEA Health Sciences Discipline Seminar 'Teaching Death and Dying: challenges and strategies for teaching and learning on end of life care topics in pre-registration nursing programmes' held in Newcastle. In May 2014 Jacqueline delivered an invited opening keynote address to the 4th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health held in Malta. The plenary paper was entitled 'Role models in healthcare: should spiritual care of dying people be the concern of health professionals?'
Jacqueline has presented papers at several international conferences including: The European Medical Sociology conference in Geneva (2016), The Asia Pacific Hospice Network Conference in Bangkok (2013) and in Taipei (2015), 19th International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal (2012), 3rd European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health, Berne, Switzerland (2012), 9th ADEC conference, Miami (2011), ISA Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden (2010), ISA Health for All Conference, Jaipur, India (2009) and the Women's Worlds Conference, Tromso, Norway (1999).
External academic roles
Jacqueline has held a number of External Examiner appointments at the Universities of Worcester, Plymouth, Middlesex, Winchester and, most recently, at the University of the West of Scotland where for four years until August 2014 she examined the MSc Cancer and Palliative Care curriculum. In September 2013 Jacqueline took up a four-year role as Chief External Examiner for the Faculty of Education, Health & Sciences at the University of Derby. In September 2014 Jacqueline began the role of External Examiner at the University of Northampton where she has responsibility for examining undergraduate and postgraduate health and social care curricula. Jacqueline has also undertaken the role of Research Mentor to The Catholic Children’s Society and since 2008 has had the role of Visiting Lecturer at the University of Stirling where she teaches on the social work programme. In 2015, Jacqueline began work as a member of Bath Spa University's higher degrees committee in an advisory capacity.
A sole-authored monograph by Jacqueline entitled Death, Dying and Bereavement: Issues for Practice was published by Dunedin Academic Press in 2010. A second monograph by Jacqueline published by Ashgate in March 2015 is entitled Gender Health and Healthcare: Women's and Men's Experience of Health and Working in Healthcare Roles. This text has received very positive reviews.
Jacqueline's research interests are centred on two main areas: women in the labour market and the social context of death and dying. She is a member of the Open University’s Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies and is also a member of the British Sociological Association. An ethnographic study of women's experience of working in professional construction roles was the topic of Jacqueline's PhD; findings from the research have been widely published in a number of leading international journals and have been the subject of several conference papers and significant media interest.
Since joining the Open University's Faculty of Health & Social Care (now WELS), Jacqueline has focused her research in the area of death and dying. Her current research explores carers' experiences following the death of the person they have been caring for. This is a collaborative mixed methods project with a related literature review about the experiences of former carers published in July 2016 in the journal Families, Relationships and Societies.
The concept and practice of doctoral research supervision are the subjects of a number of critical reflective commentaries authored by Jacqueline that have been published in leading education journals.
Selected publications on death and dying:
Cavaye, J. and Watts, J. H. (2016) 'Experiences of bereaved former carers: insights from the literature', European Journal of Palliative Care, 23(4): 200-203.
Cavaye, J. and Watts, J. H. (2016) 'Former carers: issues from the literature', Families, Relationships and Societies, On-line early.
Pav, S., Penfold, R. and Watts, J. H. (2015) 'Palliative care in Cambodia: embryonic service provision and cultural barriers', European Journal of Palliative Care, 22(4): 202-204.
Cavaye, J. and Watts, J. H. (2014) 'Student nurses learning about death, dying and loss: too little too late?', Illness, Crisis & Loss, 22(4): 293-310.
Cavaye, J. and Watts, J. H. (2014) 'An integrated literature review of death education in pre-registration nursing curricula: key themes', International Journal of Palliative Care, article no. 564619.
Watts, J. H. (2013) 'Exploring the "social" of social work in palliative care: working with diversity', Illness, Crisis & Loss 21(4): 281-295.
Watts, J. H. (2013) ‘Considering the role of social work in palliative care: reflections from the literature’, European Journal of Palliative Care, 20(4):199-201
Watts, J.H. (2012) 'Working as a hospice volunteer', Illness, Crisis & Loss, 20(2): 101-117.
Watts, J.H. (2012) 'Hospice volunteering: work, socially useful leisure or just filling in time?', European Journal of Palliative Care, 19(4): 195-197.
Watts, J.H. (2012) 'The place of volunteering in palliative care' in E. Chang and A. Johnson (eds.) Contemporary and Innovative Practice in Palliative Care, InTech, pp.83-102.
Watts, J. H. and Abela, J. (2011) ‘Malta Hospice Movement: care in a tightly knit community’, European Journal of Palliative Care, 18(2): 97-99.
Cavaye, J. E. and Watts, J. H. (2010) ‘End-of-life education in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: patient, carer, nurse and student perspectives’, Journal of Research in Nursing, Online First, DOI: 10, 1177/1744987110379531.
Watts, J.H. (2010) ‘‘‘It’s not really like a hospice”: spaces of self-help and community care for cancer’ in A. Maddrell and J.D. Sidaway (eds.) Deathscapes: Spaces for Death, Dying, Mourning and Remembrance, Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7975-2, pp. 19-36.
Watts, J. H. (2010) Death Dying and Bereavement: Issues for Practice, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.
Watts, J.H. and Psaila, C. (2010) ‘Spiritual care at the end of life: whose job is it?’, European Journal of Palliative Care, 17(3):126-129.
Watts, J.H. (2009) ‘Cancer, life review and the boundary between the ‘personal’ and academic research’, Electronic Nottingham Quarterly for Ideas, Research and Evaluation – ENQUIRE, 4: 1-22.
Watts, J. H. (2009) ‘Meanings of spirituality at the cancer drop-in’, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 4(2): 86-93.
Watts, J.H. (2009) ‘Working with emotion in palliative day care’, European Journal of Palliative Care, 16 (4): 188-190.
Watts, J. H. (2009) ‘”I come because I can”. Stories of hope from the cancer drop-in’, Illness, Crisis & Loss, 17 (2): 151-168.
Watts, J. H. (2009) ‘Being orphaned in early adulthood’ in S. Earle, C. M. Bartholomew and C. Komaromy (eds) Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement An Anthology, London: Sage Publications.
Watts, J. H. (2009) ‘Illness and the creative arts: a critical exploration’ in S. Earle, C. M. Bartholomew and C. Komaromy and (eds) Death and Dying A Reader, London: Sage Publications.
Watts, J. H. (2008) ‘Journeying with Morrie: challenging notions of professional delivery of spiritual care at the end of life’, Illness, Crisis & Loss, 16 (4): 305-319.
Selected publications on education:
Watts, J. H. (2012) 'To publish or not to publish before submission? Considerations for doctoral students and supervisors', Creative Education, 3(26A): 1101-1107.
Watts, J.H. (2012) 'Preparing doctoral candidates for the viva: issues for students and supervisors', Journal of Further and Higher Edication, 36(3): 371-381.
Watts, J.H. (2010) ‘Supervising part-time doctoral students: issues and challenges’ in M. Walker and P. Thomson (eds.) The Routledge Doctoral Supervisor’s Companion: Supporting Effective Research in Education and the Social Sciences, London: Routledge, pp. 123-130, ISBN: 978-0-415-48414-5.
Watts, J. H. (2010) ‘Team supervision of the doctorate: managing roles, relationships and contradictions’, Teaching in Higher Education, 15(3): 335-339.
Watts, J. H. (2010) ‘Teaching a distance higher education curriculum behind bars: challenges and opportunities’, Open Learning, 25(1): 57-64.
Watts, J.H. (2009) ‘From professional to PhD student: challenges of status transition’, Teaching in Higher Education, 14(6): 687-691.
Watts, J. H. and Waraker, S.M. (2008) ‘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, 7 (2): 105-113.
Watts, J.H. (2008) ‘Challenges of supervising part-time PhD students: towards student-centred practice’, Teaching in Higher Education, 13 (3): 369-373.
Watts, J. H. (2007) ‘Locating the ‘I’ in the teaching of death and dying: challenges of the open distance learning model’, Open Learning, 22 (3): 263-271.
Selected publications on research methodologies:
Watts, J. H. (2013) 'Working with a local older people's forum on a European research project' in J. Tetley, J. H. Watts & J. Reynolds (eds.) Coproduction? Working with Existing Older People's Groups, London: Centre for Policy on Ageing, ISBN: 978 0 90413 905 1, pp. 57-71.
Watts, J. H. (2010) ‘Ethical and practical challenges of participant observation in sensitive health research’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Online First, DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2010.517658.
Watts, J.H. (2008) ‘Emotion, empathy and exit: reflections on doing ethnographic qualitative research on sensitive topics’, Medical Sociology Online, 3 (2): 3-14.
Watts, J. H. (2008) ‘Integrity in Qualitative Research’ in L. M. Given (ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 440-441.
Watts, J. (2006) ‘The outsider within: dilemmas of qualitative feminist research within a culture of resistance’, Qualitative Research, 6 (3): 385-402.
Selected publications on labour market issues:
Watts, J.H. (2012) 'Women working in construction management roles: is it worth it?', Global Journal of Management Science and Technology, 1(3): 38-44.
Watts, J. H. (2010) ‘‘Now you see me, now you don’t’: the visibility paradox for women in a male-dominated profession’ in P. Lewis and R. Simpson (eds.) Revealing and Concealing Gender: Issues of Visibility in Organizations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 175-193.
Watts, J. H. (2009) ‘Leaders of men: women ‘managing’ in construction’, Work, Employment and Society, 23(3): 512-530.
Watts, J.H. (2008) ‘Impression management: a form of emotion work for women in a male-dominated profession’, International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion, 2 (3): 221-235.
Watts, J. H. (2007) ‘Allowed into a man’s world’. Meanings of work/life balance: perspectives of women civil engineers as minority workers in construction', Gender Work & Organization, On-Line Early.
Watts, J. H. (2007) ‘Porn, pride and pessimism: experiences of women working in professional construction roles’, Work, Employment and Society, 21 (2): 297-314.
Watts, J. (2007) ‘Can’t take a joke? Humour as resistance, refuge and exclusion in a highly gendered workplace’, Feminism & Psychology, 17 (2): 259-266.
For a full list of publications, please follow this link.
Jacqueline's core role as Staff Tutor involves the quality assurance of the health and social care curriculum that includes modules on children, young people and families; working for health; death and dying; dementia care; managing in health and social care; adult health and wellbeing and health promotion. She manages a large number of Associate Lecturers having responsibility for all aspects of their support and professional development that includes the design and delivery of sessions on a variety of teaching and learning themes; she is based at the Open University’s London regional centre at Camden Town.
Jacqueline was presentation course team chair of the K260 ‘Death and Dying’ module for four years and wrote teaching materials on the topic of grief and bereavement for the updated version first presented in 2009. Jacqueline completed work on writing teaching materials for the faculty's new level one module (K118) that has the 3 themes of Ageing, Mental Health and Health and Wellbeing; she has contributed to both the Health and Wellbeing and Ageing blocks. Completed in 2016, Jacqueline contributed two learning guides for a second level interdisciplinary module Gloibal Health & Ageing Societies.
Jacqueline has successfully supervised PhD students in the faculty whose work covers motherhood, spirituality and psychotherapy and end of life care in China. She also leads cross-faculty university-wide development workshops for supervisors facilitating sessions on supporting part-time PhD students and developing a publications strategy. From October 2016, Jacqueline will be supporting a new doctoral student based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with research focusing on spirituality and active ageing.
Jacqueline works closely with UNISON to foster cross-collaborative educational co-operation and learning provision.
Jacqueline travelled to Phom Penh in Cambodia in January 2014 to evaluate and support a palliative care service established and funded by an international catholic charity.
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