Jo-Anne regularly lectures on ethnographic practice for designers and design practice for anthropologists. Her research has taken place in a range of environments including neuroscience labs, corporate offices, public toilets and peoples homes. Her role at Brighton will focus on the articulation of user-centred built environment research in Architecture and Design.
Research interests lie in ethnographic design research methods that incorporate users at the centre of the process, from use of space to engaging with technologies. This has specifically focused on the interior design challenges of the ageing population and people with disabilities (The Accessible Toilet Design Resource), but has also diversified to include these groups within wider community perspectives, experiences and needs (Robust Accessible Toilets). More recently, and with the emergence of the transdisciplinary activity in Design Anthropology, Jo-Anne's research and outputs (Family Rituals 2.0) have focused on considerations of wellbeing and the exploratory practice of design interaction, which incorporates user experience and participatory methodologies. This has resulted in practice-based outcomes that question, inspire and/or provoke, opposed to design responses to physical need. This interest in wellbeing has now been extended to the built environment where Jo-Anne's current research explores the environmental cues that may generate self-harm.
Jo-Anne holds a BSc in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths), an MSc in Science Communication (Imperial College) and a PhD in Architectural Studies (UCL). She has published across the academic and professional spectrum, and is co-creator (with Gail Ramster) of The Great British Public Toilet Map.