Joanne Vincett

Liverpool Business School

Jo is a coach and lecturer in Executive Education and she is the Programme Manager for the MSc/PG Dip in Leadership and Management Practice. She teaches in the areas of coaching skills and scholarly business practice. In addition, Jo 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 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 in collaboration with Channel Rescue and under the sponsorship of the LJMU Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Doctorate in Business Administration programme.

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)


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 - present
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


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

Journal article

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. I befriend women detained at Yarl’s Wood: their life in immigration limbo is excruciating. 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

Internet publication

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


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