Dr Joanne Tippett

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

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Dr. Joanne Tippett is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Planning and Landscape, School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. Her research is based in the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology.

She is also the Founder of Ketso, a social enterprise spin off. In 2013 Ketso was awarded a commendation by the Royal Town Planning Institute for 'positive contribution to community engagement'. See www.ketso.com for more information.

Joanne was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2004/5 and was short listed for the ESRC Michael Young Prize in 2007, which is awarded for "exceptional promise and the potential for impact of the applicant's work". She received a commendation in recognition of submitting an excellent business plan for the social enterprise start-up, Ketso to the prestigious Research Council UK's Business Plan Competition in 2008. 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.

Joanne began working in the field of community participation in ecological planning in 1993, working with rural communities in Southern Africa. She ran the Creative Futures workshops that engaged community participation in the plan for regenerating Moston Vale, in North Manchester, which subsequently received 1.7 million funding from the Newlands project. She has run stakeholder workshops for organisations including: The Environment Agency, Manchester City Council, the National Association of Gifted Children, Hewlett Packard, Milliken Industrials and Robert Mondavi Winery.

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In April 2009 Ketso was launched as a social enterprise. Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative groupwork. This 'workshop in a bag' enables people to think and work together. Ketso is a spin off from Joanne's research into community engagement and planning for sustainability. See www.ketso.com for more information. CEEBL has funded the development of e-Ketso for collaborative on-line working.

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.

ThinkingWare, a Community Interest Company, was also launched in 2009, as a spin-off from Joanne's research into open source and knowledge exchange. ThinkingWare will steward the open source development of knowledge in the fields of creativity, communication and sustainability - in the first instance for Ketso and the RoundView.

Joanne currently supervises two PhD students: Ann Kolodziejski, carrying out action research in Bolton, UK into the role of envisioning and local action in enhancing the connection between people and nature; and Janice Astbury, looking at Inviting landscapes and the connections between communities and urban nature. She has successfuly supervised two PhDs to completion: Eben le Roux , a Commonwealth scholar who looked at reflective practice in the context of local government in South Africa,  and Julie Crawshaw, a Sustainable Consumption Institute Scholar, who looked at holistic ways to evaluate the impact of the arts in community development.

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

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