Sharing research and experiences of volunteering

  • Opening plenary of this conference in 2016.

    Opening plenary of this conference in 2016.

  • VSSN promotes understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research and is a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK / Image: VSSN

    VSSN promotes understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research and is a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK / Image: VSSN

Researchers, policy makers and practitioners will meet in Nottingham at the 2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference on 7-8th September.

The 2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference will be held on 7-8th September at the Nottingham Conference Centre. This annual conference is organized jointly by NCVO, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR).

It is an opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners to share new and emerging research and network across different contexts, sectors, and different parts of the UK and internationally

Over two days, there will be a mix of plenary sessions, parallel paper sessions and workshops. Specific sessions for new researchers will run alongside the main conference programme. Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, will be the keynote speaker on the first day and Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, on the second day.

The themes for this year’s conference are:

  • civil society, democracy and grassroots voluntary action
  • volunteering, participation and social action
  • sectoral boundaries: private-voluntary-public sector relations 
  • funding, fundraising and philanthropy
  • organisational management and governance, including regulation and charity law
  • historical perspectives on the voluntary sector and voluntary action
  • advances in theory and methods.

A draft version of the programme is already available. If you are interested in more information about the Conference, click here.

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