Victoria Boelman

Head of Research

Victoria heads up the research team, making sure that our work is original, exciting, robust and compelling.  She oversees The Young Foundation’s diverse range of projects – currently including our Socially Sustainable Leeds and Socially Sustainable Northern Ireland programmes.  She is also the Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project in Wales looking at what would work as a viable alternative to payday loans.   Victoria specialises in using innovative qualitative and ethnographic research techniques, particularly with vulnerable and seldom-heard groups.   She is also passionate about the potential of digital media and visual methods to enable people to tell their stories in their own words.

Victoria also leads work on the theory of social innovation and in tackling the physical inactivity crisis.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, she worked for RS Consulting as a social researcher, leading research for Third Sector and Public Sector clients.  She focused on research for policy development with particular emphasis on looking at how vulnerable groups can be protected as consumers across a range of industries. She also previously worked for Macmillan Cancer Support researching a wide range of health and social care policy issues and supporting on service evaluations.

Victoria has a BA in Geography and Hispanic Studies from The University of Birmingham and an MSc in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.