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Jo-Anne is a design anthropologist whose research involves multi / inter-disciplinary collaboration and participatory engagement in the inclusive design process.

Jo-Anne is professor of Accessible Design and co-leads the Public Toilets Research Unit with Senior Research Associate Gail Ramster. Jo-Anne is a design anthropologist whose award winning inclusive and participatory design research involves ethnographic methods and multi/inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Jo-Anne’s undertook as BSc in Social Anthropology at Goldsmith, followed by an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London. Her PhD ‘Extending Architectural Affordance: The case of the publicly accessible toilet’ was completed at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL.

Her research themes focus on wellbeing and access to the built environment and specifically focused on access to public toilets for increased mobility (Tackling Ageing Continence through theory, tools and technology; The Great British Public Toilet Map, Engaged) . She has also led research on suicide prevention in public space (Our Future Foyle). More recently Jo-Anne has been exploring the scope for new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality to assist in transformative justice for survivors of conflict related sexual violence (New technology for CRSV accountability)

Jo-Anne is recognised as a leading researcher in inclusive design following Roger Coleman and Jeremy Myerson and was recognised for impact in the REF 2014. She has over 70 academic and conference publications including books, book chapters and journal articles.

Jo-Anne graduated from Goldsmiths College (University of London) with a BSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology. Her final dissertation 'Naked Ethnography: Ethnography in the Nude' was an ethnographic study of an East End Turkish bath that explored the contradictions of the ethnographic method.

Other Research

Family Rituals

Tackling Ageing Incontinence through Theory Tools and Technology