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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Joss Winn

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education where I lead the Doctorate in Education. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln in 2007, I worked in London for Amnesty International and prior to that, the British Film Institute. Over the past 20 years, I have taught at all levels of education, from a Kindergarten and public school in Japan to undergraduate and doctoral programmes in the USA and UK, as well as informal adult education. My research focuses on co-operative education, workplace democracy and alternative forms of higher education, contributing to a number of sub-disciplines and contemporary research themes in the social sciences. These include the sociology of work and critical labour studies; critical social theory; the sociology of education; the co-operative movement, social movements and activism; and the sociology of technology and information. Most recently, I have started to undertake research into craft education, with a specific focus on the teaching and learning of lutherie in the UK through the routes of autodidacticism, apprenticeships and vocational education.

Department Responsibilities

I am Programme Leader for the MA Education and Doctorate in Education and oversee all doctoral applications for the School of Education. I currently supervise several doctoral students and co-ordinate two post-graduate modules: Developing Research: Paradigms and Perspectives and Social Justice and Education. I also contribute to teaching on the School’s PGCE Programmes and am a member of the School Ethics committee and the School Research Committee.

Subject Specialism

Education and technology; academic labour; Marxism and education; political economy, democratic education; co-operative education; craft education; lutherie


  • PhD (Social Science) — University of Lincoln, 2015
  • MA Film Studies with Archiving — University of East Anglia, 2001
  • MA Buddhist Studies — University of Michigan, 1998
  • BA Hons. Comparative Religion — SOAS, University of London, 1996


  • SOAS Best Student Award (Dept. of Religion) — SOAS, University of London,
  • SOAS Best Student Award (Dept. of Religion) — SOAS, University of London,


The UCU Learning Rep for the university. A Director of the Lincolnshire Co-operative Development Agency Chair of Governors of Branston Junior Academy School DUALL: JISC Greening ICT Programme (Consultancy for University of DeMontfort, 2010)

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Research Interests

  • Academic labour

  • Co-operative education

  • Co-operatives

  • Commons-based Peer Production

  • Critical Theory

  • Hacker Culture

  • Hacker Politics

  • higher education

  • historical materialism

  • Open Access

  • Open Education

  • political economy

  • The Commons

  • value critique

Research Projects

  • Co-operative Leadership in Higher Education (with Prof. Mike Neary) — awarded £9701 by Leadership Foundation in 2016
  • Beyond public and private: A model for co-operative higher education (with Prof. Mike Neary) — awarded £4525 by Independent Social Research Foundation in 2015
  • Looking Back for the Future (contributing researcher) — AHRC Connecting Communities in 2013
  • ON Course — awarded £89673 by JISC Course Data Programme in 2012
  • Looking Back for the Future (contributing researcher) — AHRC Connecting Communities in 2012
  • Bebop — awarded £24899 by JISC Open Educational Resources Programme in 2012
  • Linkey — awarded £49989 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2012
  • Orbital — awarded £241505 by JISC Managing Research Data Programme in 2011
  • DIVERSE — awarded £39432 by JISC e-Learning Programme in 2011
  • Open to Change (Research partner with University of Oxford) — awarded £1673 by JISC Greening ICT Programme in 2011
  • Jerome — awarded £36585 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2011
  • Linking You — awarded £14185 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2011
  • Total Recal — awarded £28274 by JISC Flexible Service Delivery Programme in 2010
  • ChemistryFM — awarded £17920 by JISC/HEA Open Educational Resources Programme in 2009
  • JISCPress — awarded £25972 by JISC Information Environment Programme in 2009

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • PhD (Professional) - Education — 2017 to Present
  • MA - Education — 2017 to Present
  • EdD - Educational Research and Development — 2015 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • MA/PhD (Professional) - Social Justice and Education — 2017 to Present
  • EdD - Developing Research - Paradigms and Perspectives — 2017 to Present
  • EdD - Initiating Research - Exploring the Knowledge Base — 2015 to 2017
  • EdD - Introducing Educational Research and Development — 2014 to 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow