An Honorary Senior Lecturer, module tutor and thesis supervisor for the University of Liverpool’s online Doctor of Education (EdD), Dr Watts gained his PhD from the University of East Anglia for a thesis examining the enduring issue of access to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge from the UK’s state school sector.
He spent twelve years at the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge, working mostly on a series of research projects examining the policies and practices of the UK’s widening participation agenda, before turning to consultancy work. As an education consultant, he combines his doctoral supervision at the University of Liverpool with a diverse range of evaluations and other studies. His work in the Global South – current and recent work has involved research in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Rwanda and Vietnam – informs his teaching on the EdD’s Internationalisation and the Impact of Global Trends module.
Dr Watts has published widely on the philosophy and sociology of education, particularly in the context of higher education. He is a former editor of the journal Power and Education and recently co-edited the narrative research section of the International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research (Springer, 2015).