Dr. Joanna Ashworth is a senior researcher with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development. Joanna co-directs SFU project Engaging Diaspora in Development: Tapping the Translocal Potential for Change and is Associate Director of the Community Economic Development in Bolivia program.
Joanna is the former director of Dialogue Programs, at Simon Fraser University where she led innovative dialogue-learning projects and programs. She has worked in the interwoven fields of communication and adult education - in educational planning, community development, and management positions with the United Nations in Latin America, then with Vancouver Community College, the Open Learning Agency, UBC, and Vancity. Seeking new ways to communicate and educate through media has led her to produce documentaries for television, video and audiotape for diverse types of learning needs. Joanna's research interests include innovations in leadership education, dialogue and deliberation as hermeneutics, and uncovering tacit knowledge through reflective practice and narrative. She is the author of numerous publications, including Cultivating Dialogue.