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Amsterdam - 2018
13th International Conference       Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10-13  JULY  2018



Democracy and Legitimacy:  The Role of the Third Sector in a Globalizing World


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The focus of the 2018 conference

Conference organizers are keenly interested in a wide range of submissions, especially on topics related to democracy and legitimacy. In addition, ISTR is also interested in research which advances our understanding of theory, policy, and practice of third sector  organizations.  Overall, the 2018 Amsterdam conference offers a unique, and particularly valuable, venue for engaging with its very diverse membership of scholars to deepen our knowledge of these important issues:

·         Democracy and Civil Society Organizations

·         Challenges and Opportunities of Advocacy by NGOs and Nonprofits

·         Governance, Management, Adaptation and Sustainability of Third Sector Organizations

·         Hybridity, Legitimacy and the Third Sector

·         New Models of Philanthropy and Voluntarism

·         Active Citizenship and Activism

·         The Third Sector and Development

·         Social Innovation and the Third Sector

·         Research on Teaching Third Sector Studies

·         Emerging Areas of Theory and Practice

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Hosted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Philanthropic Studies Department, in cooperation with Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy 



Conference Venue

The conference will be held at VU  University Amsterdam, which is located at the South of Amsterdam. The Campus is easily accessible from the center of Amsterdam by various numbers of public transport (metro/tram).

Visiting Amsterdam

Please visit for more Amsterdam information 


Public Transport

We Transfer

-    Public transportation 2018 price overview (Incl. VAT):                                                                


GVB price

Type of Card*

10% discount based on

50 – 4,000

pre-purchased tickets


72 hours

(3 days)



96 hours

(4 days)



120 hours

(5 days)



From Central Station

  • Metro tram 51, direction Amstelveen Westwijk (16 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU
  • Tram 5, direction Amstelveen Binnenhof (25 minutes), stop at: De Boelelaan/VU
  • Tram 16 or 24, direction VUmc, final stop

From Station Amsterdam Zuid

  • Express tram 51 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Westwijk
  • Tram 5 (1 minute), direction Amstelveen Binnenhof
  • It is a 10-minute walk to the VU from Station Amsterdam Zuid

Walking from the Metro



The A-10 Amsterdam ring road can be reached from all directions.  Follow the A-10 to the Zuid/Amstelveen exit S108.  Turn left at the end of the slip road onto Amstelveenseweg; after three hundred yards (at the VU University hospital building) turn left again onto De Boelelaan.  VU University Amsterdam can be reached via city routes S108 and S109. 



There is a limited amount of parking space around VU University Amsterdam in De Boelelaan, which has parking bays, and also in Karel Lotsylaan.  There is paid parking on VU Amsterdam parking lot to the right of the Hospital Outpatient Clinic.

Schiphol Airport

Travelers arriving at Schiphol can take the train to Station Amsterdam Zuid (see 'Public Transport:from Station Amsterdam Zuid').


About Amsterdam

As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Its name derives from Amstelredamme, from the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. It is the country's largest city, with a population of more than 820,000, and the most visited, with over 3,5 million foreign visitors a year.

Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, all legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. Amsterdam is a city of diversity, rich culture, international restaurants, and good transport.


To know more about Amsterdam you can read some basic facts and info.


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