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    Dr Joss Winn

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Education
    College of Social Science

    About Joss Winn

    My research is practically focused on issues relating to workers’ control, industrial democracy and the creation of alternative institutional forms for higher education. It is historically and theoretically informed by critical social theory, including the ‘new reading of Marx’, ‘Open Marxism’, value-critique, and elements of the Frankfurt School. In recent years, my writing has focused on the history and political economy of science and technology in higher education, its affordances for and impact on academic labour, and the increasing demands from academics and students for workplace democracy in higher education. My research contributes to a number of sub-disciplines and contemporary research themes in the social sciences. These include historical sociology, historical materialism, 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.

    Before joining the University of Lincoln, I worked as audiovisual archivist for Amnesty International’s Secretariat (2004-8) and as a film archivist at the British Film Institute’s conservation centre (2002-4). I am a qualified film archivist, with an MA in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia (2002). During the 1990s, I studied Zen Buddhism, first at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1993-96), and then the University of Michigan (1996-8). Between 1998-2001, I lived in Japan and acted as a conduit and curator for Japanese, European and American avant-garde film and video artists. Since 1996, 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.

    Department Responsibilities

    I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Programme Leader for the Doctorate in Education. I supervise doctoral students and teach the EdD module: Introducing Educational Research and Development. I am a contributor to both the Foundations of Education and Researching Education PGCE modules. I am a member of the School Ethics committee, member of the School Research Committee, and member of the university Research Information Steering Group, which I helped establish. I am the Senior Tutor for the School of Education and also module co-ordinator for the MSc in Social Research (College of Social Science).

    Subject Specialism

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


    • 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, 1995
    • SOAS Best Student Award (Dept. of Religion) — SOAS, University of London, 1994

    Professional Affiliations

    • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow

    External Activities and Consultancy

    I am a Director of the Lincolnshire Co-operative Development Agency
    DUALL: JISC Greening ICT Programme (Consultancy for University of DeMontfort, 2010)

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Co-operative Leadership in Higher Education (with Prof. Mike Neary) — Awarded £9,701 by Leadership Foundation in 2016
    • Beyond public and private: A model for co-operative higher education (with Prof. Mike Neary) — Awarded £4,525 by Independent Social Research Foundation in 2015
    • Looking Back for the Future (contributing researcher) — AHRC Connecting Communities in 2013
    • ON Course — Awarded £89,673 by JISC Course Data Programme in 2012
    • Looking Back for the Future (contributing researcher) — AHRC Connecting Communities in 2012
    • Bebop — Awarded £24,899 by JISC Open Educational Resources Programme in 2012
    • Linkey — Awarded £49,989 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2012
    • Orbital — Awarded £241,505 by JISC Managing Research Data Programme in 2011
    • DIVERSE — Awarded £39,432 by JISC e-Learning Programme in 2011
    • Open to Change (Research partner with University of Oxford) — Awarded £1,673 by JISC Greening ICT Programme in 2011
    • Jerome — Awarded £36,585 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2011
    • Linking You — Awarded £14,185 by JISC Digital Infrastructure Programme in 2011
    • Total Recal — Awarded £28,274 by JISC Flexible Service Delivery Programme in 2010
    • ChemistryFM — Awarded £17,920 by JISC/HEA Open Educational Resources Programme in 2009
    • JISCPress — Awarded £25,972 by JISC Information Environment Programme in 2009

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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