Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference
September 2013, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
This is the
primary UK conference for the voluntary sector and volunteering research community.
It brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers with a shared
interest in the voluntary sector and volunteering. It also attracts some
delegates from overseas and this provides an opportunity for networking with
researchers from different countries and contexts. In 2013 the partners who
have been responsible for organising the event in the past – NCVO and VSSN -
have been joined for the first time by IVR a development which reflects the
increasing interest in volunteering among participants.
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.
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 and on volunteering.
inviting proposals - either for individual papers or entire sessions (3-4
papers or a panel) – which address the three main aims of the conference:
1. TO INFORM AND ASSIST THE WORK OF
welcome proposals for papers that:
on issues of internal organisation – such as leadership; accountability;
governance; financial management; strategic planning; and performance
and discuss the ways in which voluntary sector organisations interact with
their environment – such as their relationships with government, their
interaction with businesses and the ways in which they co-operate, collaborate
and compete with other voluntary organisations; or
issues of volunteering and volunteer involvement including motivation and
rewards, volunteer management and other ways in which the work of volunteers
can best be organised to provide successful opportunities for volunteering.
2. TO INFORM AND INFLUENCE POLICY
welcome proposals for papers that analyse and explore the implications for volunteering
and voluntary organisations of:
in ‘horizontal’ policies which impact on volunteering or the voluntary sector
as a whole - such as the ‘Big Society’ and government expectations about the
role of voluntary action; the promotion of giving time and money; and
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 users
of their services.
3. TO SHARE THE FRUITS OF RECENT
RESEARCH AND THEORY-BUILDING
welcome proposals for papers that:
on the findings from recent research on the voluntary sector and volunteering;
a contribution to the theoretical understanding of any aspect of voluntary
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 15thMay
2013. Please email your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals will only be accepted in the template provided (click
here to download the template)
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.
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. Please also make it clear whether the proposed session consists of
linked papers on a shared theme or involves the discussion of a topic by a
panel of commentators.
Submission: Please submit a 400 to
600-word proposal that provides an overview of the theme to be discussed and
the form the discussion will take. This might be a workshop, debate, panel or structured
discussion or a suite of papers on related topics. If the format consists of
papers on a shared theme, please submit brief abstracts for each of them as
well as the overarching proposal.
If your submission is successful, we will ask you to send
us a longer 2500 to 4500-word paper or papers for inclusion in the conference
proceedings. We will give details on the preferred format of the paper when we
confirm acceptance of your submission.
THE CAMPBELL ADAMSON PRIZE
Each year NCVO offers a prize for the best paper submitted
to the conference. Papers will only be considered for the award if they are
received by the deadline of 31st July 2013. The prize will be
awarded for the paper that best meets the criteria of research quality;
practice or policy relevance; and accessibility of style and approach.
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.
of 400-500 words to be submitted
15th May 2013
of accepted submissions
of 2500-4,500 words and 150 word abstract for the conference proceedings to
31st July 2013
for Early Bird rates
24th July 2013