Victoria has almost 20 years’ experience in communities research across private, public and third sectors. At The Young Foundation she oversees major programmes of work relating to community wellbeing, place-based and community-led change. She is particularly interested in the factors which enable people and communities to thrive, the social determinants of health, and the role of communities in driving locally-led and systems change.
Her recent work includes looking at innovative approaches to understanding community strength, participatory action research empowering residents to undertake their own research and develop community initiatives in response, and ethnographic studies with groups ranging from families with children transitioning from primary to secondary in an area of high deprivation, to those with no recourse to public funds.
Aside from her role at The Young Foundation, she has worked at Nesta, Ofgem, Macmillan Cancer Support and in consultancy for a wide range of third sector organisations. She is also completing a PhD looking at the role of community wellbeing in suicide prevention.