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Joanne Vincett

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Research student

Joanne Vincett is affiliated with The Open University's Department of Strategy and Marketing.

You can email Joanne Vincett directly; but for media enquiries please contact a member of The Open University's Media Relations team.


Joanne previously was the Associate Director for the social enterprise sector and international lead for the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US. She also was an Adjunct Professor at Granite State College and taught a Business Management course ‘Effecting Positive Change in Organizations’.

Prior to academia, Joanne started in the graphic arts paper manufacturing industry in corporate sales and marketing. After 5 years, she changed her focus to social enterprises and worked for the US Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean as a Small Business Development Trainer and Counsellor for a rural agricultural development NGO and was the elected Lead Volunteer for a group of 19 Peace Corps Volunteers.

She holds an MRes from The Open University, an International MBA from Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA) in Barcelona, Spain, and BSc in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed an apprenticeship with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria. She holds a Professional Coaching Certification and also created the Professional Coaching Portal for the non-profit organization MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).

Jo is an affiliate of the University of Oxford's Border Criminologies research group with her current research.

Current research

An Ethnographic approach to Understanding the Co-production of Social Space in Organizations

My research interests are in the area of organisational ethnography in voluntary organisations and those with volunteer programmes, studying how people make sense of what they ‘do’ in everyday work life as volunteers and attach meaning to their work spaces. I study them by conversing with leaders, volunteers and their beneficiaries in their natural work settings and meeting places, and interacting with them. I aim to build our understanding of how social relations, social contexts and shared spaces shape them and how they also co-create the spaces where they interact day-to-day.

I am conducting a multisensory ethnography of a voluntary organization that befriends detainees in an UK Immigration Removal Centre. For more information, please see:


Upcoming Events

Mar 22

CVSL Conference 2018: Putting Leadership and Collaboration into Practice in a Changing Voluntary Sector

Thursday, March 22, 2018 -

09:45 to 16:15

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Apr 10

OUBS London Alumni Networking Informal Drop In

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -

18:30 to 20:30

Champagne Charlie's, The Arches, 17 Villiers St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6NG

Apr 18

The Open University Law School Symposium: Belonging

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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