CALL FOR PAPERS
The NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference is the primary
UK conference for the voluntary sector research community. It brings together
academics, practitioners and policymakers with a shared interest in the
voluntary sector and voluntary action. Many of our delegates are from overseas,
providing a real opportunity for networking with researchers from different
countries and contexts.
Our aim is simple: to provide the opportunity to share new, emerging
research, and then to make the most of the evidence base by connecting
researchers with the policymakers and practitioners who use research.
The conference is your ‘open space’ to share new and existing research,
so this call for papers is an open invitation to all researchers working on or
with the sector.
Following the NCVO / VSSN Research Conference the University of
Birmingham will also host the International Social Innovation Research
Conference 12-14 September, the call for papers and more information can
be accessed here [http://bit.ly/zL6PzZ].
The organisers of the two conferences will be working closely together as the
week may be the largest gathering of civil society researchers ever in Britain!
We are inviting proposals - either for individual papers or entire
sessions (2-3 papers or a panel) – which address the three main aims of the
TO INFORM AND ASSIST THE WORK OF PRACTITIONERS
We would welcome proposals for papers that:
address issues of internal organisation – such as leadership;
accountability; governance; financial management; the management of paid staff
and volunteers; financial management; and performance improvement; or
explore and discuss the ways in which voluntary sector organisations
interact with their environment – such as their relationships with government
agencies; trusts and foundations; and the corporate sector; and co-operation
and collaboration with other voluntary agencies.
TO INFORM AND INFLUENCE POLICY
We would welcome proposals for papers that analyse and explore the
implications for voluntary organisations and their users of:
developments in ‘horizontal’ policies which impact on the voluntary
sector as a whole (or affect large parts of it); or
changes in ‘vertical’ policies which affect the work of organisations
working in specific fields of activity (such as the welfare of older people,
children or those with disabilities and people in need of advice and
information) and their users.
TO SHARE THE FRUITS OF RECENT RESEARCH AND THEORY-BUILDING
We also welcome proposals
for papers that:
report on the findings from recent research on the voluntary sector and
community sector, voluntary agencies and community groups; and volunteering; or
make a contribution to the theoretical understanding of any aspect of
You can submit a proposal for either a single paper presentation or for
a whole session. In all submissions, please be sure to include your name, organisation and email address. The deadline for all submissions is 30th
April 2012. Please email your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. SINGLE PAPERS: Parallel
sessions will offer a balance of presentations and discussion time. Typically,
sessions include three 15 minute presentations, followed by substantial
discussion. All papers presented in the parallel sessions will also be
available in the conference proceedings, so that, where appropriate, more
detail can be provided.
Submission: You should send us a 400 to 600-word summary of your research. We
welcome submissions discussing preliminary findings as well as those on
completed projects. There is no need to include references at this stage.
2. THEMED PANEL SESSIONS: In panel
sessions, researchers and practitioners will discuss a theme, with audience
participation. Submissions for panel sessions should list panel members and
give a clear overview of the topic to be discussed.
Submission: please submit a 400 to 600-word proposal for a whole session. This
might be a workshop, debate, panel or structured discussion on a particular
theme, or a suite of two or three papers on related topics.
If your submission
is successful, we will ask you to send us a longer 2000 to 2500-word paper/s
for inclusion in the conference proceedings. We will give details on the
preferred format of the paper when we confirm acceptance of your submission.
If your proposal is accepted you will still need to book and pay for a
place at the conference. Louise Rogers (email@example.com) will be in touch to arrange your payment.
Abstract of 400-500 words to be
30th April 2012
Notification of accepted submissions
25th May 2012
Full paper of 2000-2500 words and 150
word abstract for the conference proceedings to be submitted
16th July 2012
Deadline for Early Bird rates
27th July 2012
10th–11th September 2012
Longer papers may be submitted, subject to
agreement with the NCVO/VSSN selection panel.