Professor Debbie Horsfall is a passionate leader in the field of arts-based inclusive, democratic, qualitative research in health, human services and community development. She has pioneered photo-voice in end of life, aged care and mental health research, writing creatively and performance ethnography in social care and community work. Her transformative agenda privileges people’s voices during a myriad of challenging life events. As a result of her extensive work in the area of arts-based community development and practice based research she has served on several editorial boards, co-edited and contributed to 4 scholarly research books, and is continually approached as a reviewer across disciplinary fields. Over a period of 14 years Debbie has supervised over 35 higher degree research students many of whom used creative methods in their research and thesis presentation and who trailblazed the rise in non-traditional theses in Australia thus enlarging what counts as knowledge in the academy. Working with peak body service providers her current work uses photography and narrative to empower people living with complex mental health issues to develop visual and oral narratives about their journeys of recovery.