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Professor Debbie L Watson
University of Bristol

In 2007 I secured the post of Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the University of Bristol and I have since been promoted to Reader and then to Professor in 2019. I am currently the Head of the Centre for Children and Families Research in the School for Policy Studies and have held a number of other posts since 2007 including Programme Director for Childhood Studies, Impact Director and Director of Postgraduate Research. I currently teach on Childhood Studies and have nine PhD students.

Selected Publications:

Ellis, C., Pease, A., Garstang, J., Watson, D., Blair, P. S., & Fleming, P. J. (2021). Interventions to Improve Safer Sleep Practices in Families With Children Considered to Be at Increased Risk for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 9.

Watson, D. L., Staples, E., & Riches, K. (2021). ‘We need to understand what’s going on because it’s our life’: Using sandboxing to understand children and young people’s everyday conversations about care. Children & Society, 35(5), 663-679.

Simmons, B., & Watson, D. (2015). From individualism to co-construction and back again: Rethinking research methodology for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Child Care in Practice, 21(1), 50-66.

Watson, D., Cheney, K., & Raouf Ezzat, H. (2015). Children and young people in times of conflict and change: child rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Global Studies of Childhood, 5(2), 115-121.


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