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Research on the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering

Mon, 09/05/2016

Call for papers

The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference is the leading opportunity in the UK for academics, policy makers and practitioners to come together to share and discuss research.

The current environment in which the voluntary sector operates presents a series of challenges, but also opportunities. Cuts to budgets and services have continued, charities have been the subject of negative stories in the press, and new policies such as the proposed anti-advocacy clause in government funding pose a controversial challenge to the sector’s work. Yet, this environment has encouraged organisations and volunteers to collaborate and innovate in response to emerging social and public needs. In such unsettled times high quality research, evidence and data is needed more than ever.

The conference aims to:

  • contribute to evidence and theory-building in the field
  • develop emerging research ideas
  • inform and be informed by the work of practitioners
  • inform and influence policy.


This year, we are particularly interested in proposals which relate to one or more of the following themes.

  1. Civil society and democracy: ongoing challenges and opportunities
  2. Volunteering and participation: present and future
  3. New methods, new data: what are the opportunities and challenges presented in research data and methodology on the sector?
  4. Grassroots voluntary activity: past perspectives and new forms
  5. Navigating the funding landscape: funding, fundraising and philanthropy
  6. Voluntary sector governance and management: new challenges and responses
  7. Advancing theoretical debates: old ideas, new directions
  8. What’s new? Historical perspectives on the voluntary sector and voluntary action
  9. The role of the voluntary sector in a new world of public services

To submit your proposal and register an interest in attending the Conference in September 8-9 2016 in Nottingham, go to the NCVO website here