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Jo Vincett

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Profile summary

Professional biography

Jo 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, USA. She also was a Lecturer at Granite State College and taught a Management course ‘Effecting Positive Change in Organizations’ and an Applied Studies course 'Career Development and Life Skills'.

Prior to academia, Jo started in the graphic arts paper manufacturing industry in corporate sales and marketing. After five years, she changed her focus to social enterprises and worked for the United States 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 in Antigua and Barbuda.

She holds an MRes from The Open University, Faculty of Business and Law, 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 International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and United Nations Industrial Development Organisastion in 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).


Research interests

Current research

Jo's current research is an organisational ethnography of Yarl's Wood Befrienders, a voluntary organisation that visits female migrants and asylum seekers detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, England. She took a complete membership approach, as a volunteer befriender to detainees and a trustee on the Board of Directors responsible for fundraising, to study the work of the Befrienders. Her study furthers our knowledge of compassionate practices and emotion management in volunteer work, compassionate organisations and the voluntary sector support for immigration detainees, a marginalised and vulnerable group in society.

General research interests

  • Engaged approaches to understanding organisational cultures in the voluntary, third and public sectors
  • Migration-related issues, international development, immigration detention policies and alternatives to detention
  • Voluntary organisations and organisations with volunteering and/or international service learning programmes
  • Reflexivity, emotions and ethics in research
  • Ethnography and its potential for advocacy, social impact and policy change
  • Participatory, collaborative and visual methods in qualitative research


Impact and engagement

External collaborations

  • Outstanding Paper Award, 2019 Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence, 'Researcher self-care in organizational ethnography: Lessons from overcoming compassion fatigue', Journal of Organizational Ethnography (2018), Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 44-58.
  • Best Paper Award for New Researchers, 'Compassion in volunteer befriending', Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference (2018)
  • Affiliate of the University of Oxford's Border Criminologies research group
  • Santander Fellow, Santander Universities UK co-funded postgraduate internship (2017) and Research and Scholarship Grant recipient (2018)
  • Trustee on the Board of Directors, Yarl's Wood Befrienders, overseeing fundraising, monitoring and evaluation (2016-2019)



Researcher self-care in organizational ethnography: lessons from overcoming compassion fatigue (2018-03)
Vincett, Joanne
Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7(1) (pp. 44-58)

Supporting migrants and asylum seekers in and beyond immigration detention in the UK (2019-08-21)
Vincett, Joanne
In: Wroe, L.; Larkin, R. and Maglajlic, R.A. eds. Social Work with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants: Theory and Skills for Practice (pp. 219-236)
ISBN : 9781785923449 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers | Published : London

Compassion in Volunteer Work: An Ethnography of a Befriending Organization (2018)
Vincett, Joanne; Wright, Alex and Lucas, Mike
In : 78th Annual Meeting of The Academy of Management (10-14 Aug 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Organizational Ethnography and the Art of Judgment in-the-Moment (2013)
Vincett, Joanne
In : 29th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium (3-6 Jul 2013, Montreal, Canada)

Three days is still too long to hold pregnant women in immigration detention (2018-07-25)
Vincett, Joanne
The Conversation, London, UK.

I befriend women detained at Yarl’s Wood: Their life in immigration limbo is excruciating (2018-03-12)
Vincett, Joanne
The Conversation, London.

Befriending Kinships in Immigration Detention in the UK (2017-05-02)
Vincett, Joanne
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