Johanna Waters

Visiting Fellow

University Lecturer in Human Geography

Department for Continuing Education

BA Oxf, MA PhD British Columbia

Dr. Johanna Waters is a University Lecturer in Human Geography for the Department of Continuing Education and the School of Geography and the Environment. She teaches primarily on the Masters in Sustainable Urban Development.

Johanna came to Oxford from the University of Birmingham, where she was a Senior Lecturer in Urban Resilience. Prior to that, she worked for seven years as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Liverpool. She completed her BA at the University of Oxford (First Class, Jesus College) and her MA and PhD at UBC, Canada  (she retains strong research connections to Vancouver).

Her research interests include international and transnational population migration (particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region), international education and student mobilities. For the past decade or so, Johanna has been researching the links between transnationalism, family migration and education, beginning with a project on ‘astronaut families and satellite kids’ in 2000, before taking aspects of this research further in her PhD thesis, which explored the experiences of transnational students and graduates between Hong Kong and Canada.
She has published widely in this area, including two monographs (Brooks, R. and J. Waters (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) and a recent edited collection (Brooks, R., A. Fuller and J. Waters (eds.) (2012) Changing spaces of education: new perspectives on the nature of learning Routledge).
She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an elected member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Assessments Panel. She is on the advisory board of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) ‘Laboratory for the Globalization of Korean Studies.’

She is also an Editorial board member for the journals Geoforum; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; and the British Journal of Sociology of Education.