Joanna Wheeler

Title: Senior Research Associate
Hometown: New York, USA
Qualification: PhD Devlpt Studies (IDS/Sussex); MAPolSci (UMass Amherst); BS Foreign Service (Georgetown Univ)

Over the past 17 years, Joanna Wheeler has worked consistently with a commitment to increasing the voices of those less heard through citizen action. She is a researcher, facilitator and trainer in participatory processes, including creative storytelling approaches. From 2003 to 2014, Joanna was a researcher in the Participation, Power and Social Change team at the Institute of Development Studies, where she helped to lead the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability (Citizenship DRC) and worked closely with other researchers in a very broad range of contexts (including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, South Africa, India and Bangladesh). She was co-director of Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015 from July 2012 to January 2014. Currently she holds a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Her current research is on local power and violence in Cape Town, the relationship between citizens and informal governance in an urban context; and, on the role of participatory visual methodologies in citizen action. Other central research interests include agency and citizenship in contexts of violence, accountability and power, participatory research methodologies, communication for social change, and global collaborative knowledge networks.