I4P Research Staff

Research Staff

I4P Research Staff:

I4P Director: Prof Jo Crotty
I4P Associate Director (External Networking): Dr Victoria Foster


Short Biography:

I4P Director, Prof Jo Crotty
Formerly Executive Dean of the Institute of Business and Law and Aberystwyth University and Head of Dept. at Salford Business School, Jo’s research interests lie in civil society development, corporate social responsibility and state-society-business relations, predominantly in former Soviet Union countries. Jo has worked on conceptualisations of CSR using both interest historical insights and theories from outside the traditional sphere of management. Jo has published circa 70 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, including British Journal of Management, Sociology, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Organization Studies. She has also presented papers at international conferences including Academy of Management Annual Meeting and the British Academy of Management where she has been nominated and won prizes. She has been awarded research funding from ESRC and the British Academy and sits on the Editorial Board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal. Read more…

I4P Associate Director (External Networking), Dr Victoria Foster
Victoria is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University. Her Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded doctoral and postdoctoral research was carried out at a Sure Start programme in North West England and involved developing a range of collaborative arts-based methods to evaluate people’s experiences of the programme. Since then she has worked on National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded participatory research with parents of babies requiring neonatal care, and evaluations of several arts projects. These include a drama-based crime prevention programme at the Royal Court Liverpool and innovative educational work carried out by the European Opera Centre. She is currently developing on an arts-based research project at a local community farm, exploring the politics of food production. This draws on the methods and underlying theories outlined in her recent book, Collaborative Arts-based Research for Social Justice, published by Routledge. Read more…

I4P Fellow (Research and External Funding), Prof Claire Parkinson
Claire Parkinson is Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS). Her research interests focus on media, film and Animal Studies; (un)sustainable consumption; eco-media; American cinema; activism; and, film and politics. Read more…


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PhD Students

I4P PhD Student:


Frank Burke (Department of Social Sciences)

Title: Flourishing in Local Landscapes: Exploring the Transformative Potential of Engagement with Community Growing Projects

Francis has worked in the public/community sector for the last 20 years, primarily in social housing, where he held a number of community development positions.  His work centred on community engagement and capacity-building in some of the most challenging and disadvantaged wards in the UK – the goal being to assist people to access opportunities in terms of skills, employment and education, housing, greenspace and neighbourhood renewal.  He was also a voluntary board member of a local social enterprise for 10 years.

His PhD research will explore to what extent notions and claims that active participation in community growing projects can lead to transformative outcomes for individuals and communities.  The view that being grounded or rooted in a ‘local landscape’ can also lead to individuals reaching some greater level of potential or ‘flourishing’, will also be examined.

Supervision team: Dr Victoria Foster, Dr Barnaby King, Dr Irene Dudley-Swarbrick.


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