Joanne Vincett

Liverpool Business School

Jo is a tutor, coach and mentor for senior leaders in public and non-profit sector organisations who are undertaking a Master's Degree Apprenticeship. In addition, she is the Lead Coach for the School of Leadership and Organisational Development’s community of coaches for the Circle Leaders Programme, a national leadership development programme for Circle Health Group's executive leaders (formerly BMI Healthcare).

Jo is also a researcher in the area of voluntary/civil society organisations, migration and immigration detention. She is involved in two research projects: 1) An exploratory study on how humanitarian workers understand the law during search and rescues at sea (led by The Open University Law School); 2) An action research project to address the issue of maritime search and rescue NGOs' vessels being detained (by EU authorities) and to strengthen their position and legitimacy to operate in the Central Mediterranean. Her latter project is in collaboration with MarSAR International and under the sponsorship of the LJMU Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Doctorate in Business Administration programme (see

Previously she was Associate Director of the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, USA. She also was a Lecturer at Granite State College and taught an undergraduate management course (online) ‘Effecting Positive Change in Organizations’ and an Applied Studies course (face-to-face) 'Career Development and Life Skills'.

Prior to working in academia, Jo worked in the commercial sector for five years before changing her focus to the voluntary/non-profit sector. She has worked with the United States Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean as a small business development advisor and trainer for a rural agricultural development NGO; she was elected the Lead Volunteer for a group of 19 Peace Corps Volunteers in Antigua and Barbuda. She has also completed an internship with the United Nations International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Vienna, Austria.

Jo holds a Professional Coaching Certification (2007). Her dissertation explored how coaching could be utilised for organisational effectiveness in the non-profit sector.


2013, The Open University, United Kingdom, Master of Research (MRes)
2006, Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA), Spain, International Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
1998, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSc)

Academic appointments

Research Assistant, The Open University Law School, 2020 - present
Lecturer, part-time, Granite State College (University System of New Hampshire), 2010 - 2012
Associate Director, Career Development Office, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, 2008 - 2011


Vincett J. 2021. (Forthcoming) Choosing to reach beyond academic goalposts: Ethnographer as compassionate advocate inside an immigration detention centre. Pandeli J, Sutherland N, Gaggiotti H. Organizational Ethnography: An Experiential and Practical Guide. Routledge. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Vincett J. 2019. Supporting migrants and asylum seekers in and beyond immigration detention in the UK. Wroe L, Larkin R, Maglajlic RA. Social Work with Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants: Theory and Skills for Practice :219-236 Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London 9781785923449

Internet publication

Vincett J. 2018. Three days is still too long to hold pregnant women in immigration detention. Publisher Url Public Url

Vincett J. 2018. I befriend women detained at Yarl’s Wood: their life in immigration limbo is excruciating. Publisher Url Public Url

Vincett J. 2017. Befriending kinships in immigration detention in the UK. Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Vincett J. 2018. Researcher self-care in organizational ethnography: Lessons from overcoming compassion fatigue Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7 :44-58 DOI


Turnbull S, Vincett J, Froden G. Art as Resistance: A Story From Immigration Detention. Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

External collaboration:, Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Business and Law, and MarSAR International, Matthew Schanck, Director. Research project: Protecting civilian search and rescue fleet from detention in the Central Mediterranean. 2021, The Open University Law School, Research project: An exploration of humanitarian search and rescue workers' navigation and understanding of the law. Neil Graffin, PI (The Open University), Matt Howard (University of Westminster), Joanne Vincett (Liverpool John Moores University). 2020, Birkbeck, University of London, School of Law, Research Innovation Fund, Dr Sarah Turnbull. 2018

Editorial boards:

Voluntary Sector Review, Editorial Management Board Member - Social Media Lead, 2019


Best Presentation, 14th Annual Ethnography Symposium, 2019

Outstanding Paper 2019 for the paper 'Researcher self-care in organizational ethnography: Lessons from overcoming compassion fatigue' (in 2018), Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence (Emerald Publishing). 2019

Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for Best Paper for New Researchers, NCVO / Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, 2018

Conference presentation:

Visualising origami art as resistance in immigration detention, 14th Annual Ethnography Symposium, University of Portsmouth, Poster presentation. 2019

Compassion in volunteer befriending, NCVO / Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, London, United Kingdom, Paper presentation. 2018

Compassion in volunteer work, 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, United States, Paper presentation. 2018

Organizational ethnography and the art of judgment in-the-moment, Euopean Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Montreal, Canada, Paper presentation. 2013

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Voluntary Sector Studies Network, 2018