Joy  White Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Joy White

Dr Joy White is an independent post-doctoral researcher whose interests include: enterprise, Grime music, social policy, mental health and wellbeing.


After many years as a teacher, trainer and vocational assessor, in 2004, I established a training business in East London. I managed the delivery of several significant vocational training projects.This included the recruitment and coordination of assessment and verification personnel. I managed the centre accreditation process with several awarding bodies. Managed the delivery of a pan London programme engaging with those who were NEET or at risk of becoming so. Developed and managed the delivery of two projects for young people in the creative sector; ‘Bonafide’ and ‘Creative Inclusion’. Managed SFA funded apprenticeship programmes for 16 – 24 year olds, including monitoring and evaluation.

I have extensive knowledge and experience of working with young people who are NEET in all areas of London, but particularly the east London and host Olympic boroughs. This knowledge is based on my experience of working with young people, and using research to ensure that I fully understand their needs. Through the 'Flex' brand I developed an innovative service for young people, particularly those who are NEET or at risk of becoming so. I have identified critical success factors in meeting, retaining and maximising achievement of NEET young people, which is built into the model.

I have taught, assessed and quality assured a large number of courses including NVQs, QCF Diplomas, Apprenticeships and undergraduate degrees. I have presented at conferences including University of Reading, University of Greenwich, Stanford University (California), Hacceteppe University (Turkey), Eastern Sociological Society (NewYork) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium).

I recently held a Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).


    2014 University of Greenwich - PhD
    1996 University of East London, MA Cultural Studies
    1993 University of Greenwich, PGCE
    1992 University of North London, BSc. (Hons.) Social Science

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My research interests include Enterprise, Ethnography, Grime music, Social Policy, Urban Marginality, Health & Social Care and Mental Health & Wellbeing. I have a lifelong interest in the performance geographies of black music.

Personal Interests

    Running, keep fit



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Young: Journal of Nordic Research

Controlling the Flow How Urban Music Videos Allow Creative Scope and Permit Soci

Published: Jul 07, 2016 by Young: Journal of Nordic Research
Authors: Joy White
Subjects: Film and Video, Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy

As a key genre within the urban music economy, grime music has a national and global presence. In the YouTube era, young people film music videos and broadcast them online.Legislation and policies ostensibly created as a means to maintain public safety combine to create methods to control the behaviour of young people. The production and circulation of urban music videos, therefore, become a contested activity.

Beyond Frames: Dynamics Between the Creative Industries, Knowledge Institutions and the Urban Context

(In)visible Entrepreneurs: Creative enterprise in the urban music economy

Published: May 22, 2014 by Beyond Frames: Dynamics Between the Creative Industries, Knowledge Institutions and the Urban Context
Authors: Joy White
Subjects: Education, Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, Music, Sociology & Social Policy

This article contends that the activities of young people in the urban music economy disrupt the accepted interpretation of NEET as a category of deficit and proposes a reconfiguration of current definitions regarding who is an entrepreneur and what constitutes entrepreneurship.


Joy White Grime Research - Stanford University

Published: Sep 10, 2016

Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key drivers for economic progress and success. All over the United Kingdom, young people from ordinary backgrounds are using their interest in music to create and develop small and micro businesses. And yet, very little is heard about this, instead we hear an endless refrain regarding the 'trouble with young people' in terms of gangs, knives and of course being NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).