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Joanne Vincett

Liverpool Business School

Faculty of Business and Law

Jo is a voluntary sector researcher, executive coach and senior lecturer in Executive Education. She teaches in the areas of coaching skills, research skills and scholarly business practice. In addition, Jo is the Lead Coach for Liverpool Business School's community of coaches for the Circle Leaders' Programme, a national leadership development programme for Circle Health Group's senior 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 ethnography of a grassroots voluntary organisation that monitors the human rights of people crossing the English Channel. Her latter project is part of the Doctorate in Business Administration programme.

Previously she was the Programme Manager for the MSc/PG Dip in Leadership and Management Practice (Liverpool Business School); Associate Director of the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, USA; and a Lecturer at Granite State College where she taught undergraduate management courses, ‘Effecting Positive Change in Organizations’ and '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 internships 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)


2006, International Coach Academy, Australia, Professional Coaching (PCC Level)

Academic appointments

Programme Manager (Interim), MSc/PGDip Leadership and Management Practice, and Senior Lecturer in Executive Education, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Visiting Research Fellow, The Open University Law School, 2022 - 2023
Research Assistant, The Open University Law School, 2020 - 2022
Degree Apprenticeship Facilitator, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - 2022
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

Journal article

Vincett J. 2024. What is action ethnography? Reconsidering our intentions for impact in ethnographic practice Journal of Organizational Ethnography, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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

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

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

Internet publication

Graffin N, Vincett J, Howard M. 2022. Search and Rescue of Refugees at Sea Publisher Url Public Url

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


Vincett J. 2022. 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 Publisher Url

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


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

External committees:

Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Working Group, Vitae, Selected for membership in the new RDF Working Group to revise the RDF and support the launch, 2024

Membership of professional bodies:

Trustee and EDI Lead, Voluntary Sector Studies Network, 2023

Member, Voluntary Sector Studies Network, 2018

Conference presentation:

'You have to play the game... If we can't operate, then people will die': Precarious volunteering to search for and rescue lives in the Mediterranean Sea, Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, Oral presentation. 2023

Art as resistance: A story from immigration detention, Social Research Association (SRA) Annual Conference, Online, Graphic novel presentation online for the Research Compendium. 2021

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


Campbell Adamson Prize for Best Paper, Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Conference, National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) and the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. 2023

Best Paper Award at the 16th Annual Ethnography Symposium, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Emerald Publishing. 2023

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

External collaboration:, 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 Law School), Matt Howard (Kent Law School), 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

Other invited event:

Yarl’s Wood Befrienders Annual Conference, Marston Moretaine, UK, Plenary speaker for the inaugural Yarl's Wood Befrienders Annual Conference. Public engagement event to share findings from my research on compassion in volunteer befriending.. 2019