Enabling socially-inclusive and ethical visual methodologies

Social equity research requires methodologies that must be innovative, yet rigorous and ethical. Visual methodologies and arts-based research have been shown to successfully engage vulnerable communities and address social equity challenges. This project will bring together visual and arts-based researchers that are successfully employing innovative research methodologies and knowledge engagement strategies. The relevant elements of what makes these methodologies successful and appropriate in addressing social equity challenges will be determined and from this, best practice methodological guidelines developed. This will assist researchers wanting to use visual and arts-based research, as well as ethics committees who review projects utilising these methodologies.

More information about this project can be found on the team's website.


Marilys Guillemin [Centre for Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Sarah Drew [Paediatrics, Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Deborah Warr [McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Catherine Howell [Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, UoM]

Jenny Waycott [Computing and information Systems, Faculty of Engineering, UoM]

Susan Cox [University of British Columbia]

Research outputs


Warr D., Cox S., Guillemin M. & Waycott J. (eds) (2016) Ethics for Visual Research: Theory, Methodology, and Practice. London: Palgrave (forthcoming)

Howell C., Cox S., Drew S., Guillemin M., Warr D. & Waycott J. (2015) 'Exploring Ethical Frontiers of Visual Methods', Research Ethics, 10(4):208-2013

Waycott J., Guillemin M., Warr D., Cox S., Drew S. & Howell C. (eds) (2015) Visual methodologies: exploring ethics and visual methodologies 3(2)

Cox S., Drew S., Guillemin M., Howell C., Warr D. & Waycott J. (2014) Guidelines for Ethical Visual Research Methods. Melbourne: University of Melbourne