Arts-based methodologies,Victoria Foster

Dr Victoria Foster is Senior External Engagement Fellow at Edge Hill University, a role which involves embedding of external engagement and knowledge exchange into the University’s research activities. Victoria is also Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility (CSR), a cross-faculty research and knowledge exchange initiative at Edge Hill University that is committed to generating opportunities for creative approaches to cross-sector collaboration and co-operation, and modelling and sharing good practice.

Centre for Social Responsibility (CSR)

Victoria has a particular interest in arts-based methodologies underpinned by feminist epistemology and her book, Collaborative Arts-based Research for Social Justice (2016; Routledge) provides a rationale for employing this approach in community settings. She also has an interest in Surrealism, particularly the work of women surrealists who had concerns for the more than human world.

Foster, Victoria (2023) Surreal encounters: Playing with the more than human at a community farm. Qualitative Inquiry. [Online first]


Foster, Victoria (2019) ‘The return of the surreal: Towards a poetic and playful sociology’, Qualitative Sociology Review, 15(1):148-164.

Art Activist Barbie


Art Activist Barbie – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

As part of the Good Society lecture series and an International Women’s Day special, Edgehill University has invited an appearance from Art Activist Barbie (AAB). AAB is the brainchild of Dr Sarah Williamson of Huddersfield University. She will explore art activism and ‘good activism’ for social justice and a better world through her innovative and imaginative work which stages Barbie dolls in museums and art galleries. Expect to be educated and entertained by Sarah’s disruptive and subversive activism with a visual feast of photographs and behind the scenes stories.