Josh Watters (PhD student)

Thesis title: Cosmopolitan capital and global citizenship: British international schooling in post-colonial Southeast Asia


I am completing a PhD alongside working as a Head of Music in a secondary school. I have been teachingĀ in schools for nearly 15 years, during which time I have both taught music and worked in senior leadership.

My PhD research looks at British schooling in Southeast Asia (particularly Malaysia and Thailand). I am interested in the proliferation of British international schools - particularly in relation to the idea of cosmopolitan capital - and what this means in the case of a post-colonial region.

Alongside my PhD research, I also have a role as a research lead for an academy trust. I am interested in the application of aspects of my PhD research to music education and am conducting research which looks at engagement in music in schools by pupils of a Muslim heritage, including how colonial legacies may impact attitudes.


MA, UCL Institute of Education

PGCE, University of Cambridge

GRNCM, Royal Northern College of MusicĀ 

MusB (Hons), University of Manchester

Responsibilities & affiliations

LSE Southeast Asia ECR Network

Research summary

  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Global Citizenship Education
  • Social capital
  • Legacies of colonialism
  • International schooling