The seminar series engaged in dialogues with research users, communities and welfare providers at a pivotal historical moment characterised by rising austerity, welfare reform and growing socio-economic inequalities in the UK, generating the following economic, social and scientific outputs:

Economic and social impacts:

The project has supported communities to create and exhibit their own visual data, enabling the series to explore the possibilities of the visual for providing insights into peoples’ lives from their own perspectives and its potential for dialogue with policy agendas. This has included participatory film-making with children and young people exploring their experiences of friendship and community and a photography walking tour through which residents articulated their perceptions of personal and community well-being.  These activities and their dissemination have provided on-going opportunities for local people to narrate their experiences and to engage in vital dialogues with policy makers and providers in order to inform practice.

Scientific impacts:

Journal articles:

Lomax, H. (2012) Contested voices? Methodological tensions and the politics of knowing in creative visual research with children, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15 (2).

Fink, J. (2012) Walking the neighbourhood, seeing the small details of community life: reflections from a photography walking tour, Critical Social Policy, 32 (1).

Lomax, H.; Fink, J.; Singh, N and High, C. (2011) The politics of performance: methodological challenges of researching children's experiences of childhood through the lens of participatory video. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 14 (3): 231 – 243.

Guest editorships:

Fink, J. and Lomax, H. (2012) ‘Inequalities and Images: Insights for Policy and Practice’ Critical Social Policy, 32(1): 4-11. A special issue comprising 6 articles from seminar participants

-    Bressey, C. (2012) Seeing colour in black and white: the role of the visual in diversifying historical narratives at sites of English heritage.

-    Fink, J. (2012) Walking the neighbourhood, seeing community: reflections from a photography walking tour.

-    Grosvenor, I. and. Hall, A. (2012). Back to school from a holiday in the slums!: Images, words and inequalities.

-    Martin, W. (2012) Visualising risk: health, gender and the ageing body.

-    Ortega-Alcazar, I and Dyck, I. (2012) Migrant narratives of health and wellbeing: Challenging stereotypes and ‘othering’ processes through photo-elicitation interviews.

-    Wilkins, A. (2012) School Choice and the commodification of education: a visual approach to school brochures and websites.


- The visual artist Miranda Sharp presented her work at seminar developing her piece ‘Crossing Territories: Live Art as a Mediator of Intimacy’, Visual Communication. 2011; 10:325-348.

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- The photographer Vicky Lamburn worked alongside Janet Fink and Helen Lomax in the generation of visual data. Her book ‘Impression Milton Keynes’ which acknowledges the support of the series is now available. As Vicky explains:

Impression Milton Keynes is the result of almost three years photographing the English new city of Milton Keynes: its people, landscape and architecture, traversing the entire 34 square miles of the city area in that time and recording everyday life and scenes. Told as a dawn to dusk journey, Impression Milton Keynes records what ultimately is an ordinary day, but if it has any meaning at all it is just to say that the everyday can be exciting, intriguing and surprising.

For more information about Vicky’s work please see