Her work focuses on participatory action research to support processes of empowerment, citizenship and inclusion with people living in poverty and marginalization, and participatory action learning processes with civil society and governmental organisations to strengthen how they work with marginalized groups.
She has worked in research since 2000, and her work spans the UK social policy field and the international development arena. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, and the Cities Research Centre, both at University of the West of England (2003-2012). Over the last 15 years she has worked with civil society and governmental partners in the UK, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and Africa, on topics ranging from women’s empowerment, state-civil society partnership working, citizen participation in service delivery, participatory local governance, innovation in public service delivery, and participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation.
Joanna is also Chair of the Editorial Board of the Community Development Journal.