Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing


Professor Charles Watters

Watters, C. (2014): Understanding the Mental Health Care of Refugees. Critical Psychiatry and Psychology: Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in Clinical Practice. Eds. Moodley, R. and Ocampo, M. Routledge.

Watters, C. (2013): Well Being of Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Handbook of Child Well-Being. Springer.

Watters, C.  (2013): Migration, psychosocial religious identity and mental health in the XXI Century, in Freitas, MH, Paiva, GJ & Moraes, C, (eds), Psychology of religion in the    contemporary western world: challenges for interdisciplinarity, Vol I, Universa, Brasília, pp. 161-172.

Watters, C. (2013):  Forced Migrants: From the politics of displacement to a moral economy of reception.  In Gold, S. and Nawyn, S.J. (Eds.). International Handbook of Migration Studies.  Routledge.

Watters, C. (2012):  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. (2012): Unaccompanied Minors- International Challenges: Local Solutions in Eide, K. (Ed.). Barn Pa Flukt. Gyldendal, Akademisk, Norway.

Watters, C. (2011): Children and War: Cultures of Mistrust and the Moral Economy of Care. In Cook, D.T. and Wall, J. (Eds.) Children and War (pp. 109-129). Macmillan.


Brown, R., Baysu, G., Cameron, L., Nigbur, D., Rutland, A., Watters, C., Hossain, R., le Touze D., Landau, A. (2013):  Acculturation attitudes and social adjustment in British South Asian children: A longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Sage.

Derluyn, I., Watters, C., Mels, C. and Broekhardt, E. (2013): "We are all the same, coz exist only one earth, why the BORDER EXIST”. Analysis of graffiti inscriptions made by intercepted migrants on their way to the UK. Journal of Refugee Studies. Blackwell.

Warfa, N. Bhui, K., Watters, C. Carswell, K Ingleby, D and Curtis, S (2012):  New place of living, eroding resilience and psychological distress among Somali Refugees: A qualitative and quantitative study BMC Public Health (Section: Global health).

Watters, C. (2012): Towards a New Paradigm in Migrant Health Research: Intergrating entitlement, access and appropriateness. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 7(3), 148-159

Warfa, N, Curtis, S, Watters, C, Carswell, K Ingleby, and Bhui (2012): Migration experiences, employment status and psychological distress among Somali immigrants: a mixed-method international study. BMC Public Health 2012. 12:749 BioMed Central.

Rutland, A., Cameron, L., Jugert, P., Nigbur, D., Brown, R., Watters, C., Hossain, R., Landau, A. and Le Touze, D. (2012): Group identity and peer relations: A longitudinal study of group identity, perceived peer acceptance, and friendship amongst ethnic minority English children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 30: 283-302

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.

Watters, C. (2011): Review Essay: 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.

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.

Hossain, R. and Watters, C. (2008): Without a Voice: The Needs of Undocumented Migrants in Kent. Kent Strategic Network on Migration.