Dr Joanne Tippett

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

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Dr Joanne Tippett is a lecturer in Spatial Planning in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. Joanne began working in the field of community participation in ecological planning in 1993, working with rural communities in Southern Africa. Her ESRC funded research into participatory river basin planning led to the development of a hands-on toolkit for engagement, Ketso. Ketso is now a social business, and the kit has been used in over 75 countries and half the universities in the UK.

Joanne was a finalist in the 2014 Praxis Unico Impact Awards and Ketso was commended by the Royal Town Planning Institute North West for ‘positive contribution to community engagement’ in 2013. She has published in the area of the social implications of building flood resilience from research funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme. Action research funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute and 250 staff in Tesco led to the creation of the RoundView Tool for Sustainability. The RoundView provides the conceptual framing for the Carbon Landscape, a £3.2 million, 5-year Heritage Lottery funded project, and Dr. Tippett is leading on the innovative community engagement for this multi-stakeholder project aiming to restore post-industrial landscapes and increase their ecological resilience in the face of climate change. Her work was short-listed for the UK Sustainable Development Commissions Breakthrough Ideas for the 21st Century.

Joanne holds a PhD from the University of Manchester (ESRC-CASE award with the Mersey Basin Campaign) and Chartered Environmentalist Status as a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. She holds a Diploma in Permaculture Design and a Masters Degree in Social Research Methods.

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In April 2009 Joanne launched Ketso as a social business. Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative groupwork. Ketso is a portable kit you can lay out on a table at group meetings and in workshops. Ketso has been used around the world in different contexts and for multiple organisations and institutions. From organising a village initiative in Africa to a corporate change management exercise for a multinational, Ketso cuts across all the challenges posed by bringing together diverse groups of people to discuss a shared issue. In 2013 Ketso was awarded a commendation by the Royal Town Planning Institute for 'positive contribution to community engagement'.

Joanne's work with the Sustainable Consumption Institute has led to the development of a new framework for sustainability learning, the RoundView. See www.roundview.org for more information.

She would welcome enquires from prospective postgraduate students interested in her fields of research.

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