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ISTR Award Information
ISTR AWARD INFORMATION
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EMERGING SCHOLAR DISSERTATION AWARD

This award, established in 2006 by an anonymous donor, is given once every two years at the biennial ISTR conference to the author of the best dissertation in the field of comparative study of civil society organizations, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and voluntarism and related issues. Every effort is made to encourage broad representation of countries and regions.

The purpose of the award is to encourage young scholars to enter the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies throughout the world.

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ISTR Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award Winners 2014

In 2014, the Selection Committee received 23 submissions from 11 countries, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.  The dissertations provided an overview of our growing scholarly expertise but also accentuated the fact that Nonprofit /Third Sector research is now at the frontier of science. 

The ISTR Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award is presented biennially for a PhD dissertation completed or defended in the two years (July 1 2011 and June 30 2013) preceding the award. The award recognizes an outstanding dissertation that contributes to the field of comparative study of civil society organizations, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, voluntarism and related issues.  The purpose of this award is to encourage young scholars to enter the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies throughout the world.

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PRESENT AND PAST RECIPIENTS:


2014
Anael Labigne (Freie Universität Berlin and Hertie School of Governance)
The Attitudinal Dimension of Civility

2012

Marie Juul Petersen (Denmark)
For humanity or for the umma? Ideologies of aid in four transnational Muslim NGOs

2010
Dirk-Jan Koch (Netherlands)
International Aid Giving by NGOs


2008
Vanessa Timmer (Canada)
Agility and Resilience: The Adaptive Capacity of Friends of the Earth International and Greenpeace


2006 (shared)
Anne Birgitta Yeung (Finland)
Individually Together. Volunteering in Late Modernity: Social Work in the Finnish Church
Maria Ela L. Atienza (Philippines)
The Politics of Health Devolution in the Philippines with Emphasis on Experiences of Municipalities in a Devolved Set-up


Awards of Merit: 


2014
Laura J. Heideman (USA, Northern Illinois University)

Making Society 'Civil': Donors, NGOs, and Peacebuilding in Postwar Croatia

Jochen Kleres (Sweden, Göteborgs Universitet)
AIDS Organizations as Civil Society Actors


2012

Jennifer Brass (USA) 

Surrogates for Government? NGOs and the State in Kenya

Benjamin Huybrechts (Belgium) 
Explaining Organisational Diversity in Fair Trade Social Enterprises


2010
Mona Ali Atia (USA)
Building a House in Heaven: Islamic Charity in Neoliberal Egypt

Georgina Brewis (U.K.)
The Making of an imperial Ideal of Service: Britain and India before 1914

Johan Hvenmark (Sweden)
Reconsidering Membership. A study of Individual Members´ Formal Affiliation with Democratically Governed Federations

Francoise Montabeault (Canada)
Models of (Un)changing State-Society Relationships:
Urban Participatory Governance and the Deepening of Democracy in Mexico and Brazil


2008
Sharon Eng (Australia)
Toward a Definition and Development of NGO Organzational Effectiveness in Indonesia: An Unfolding Journey

Shawn Flanigan (USA)
For the Love of God: Ethno-Religious Identity and Faith-Based Nonprofit Service Provision in Context of Violence



2006
Allyson Mutch (Australia)
Collaboration in the Third Sector: Towards a Framework of Understanding

 

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BEST PAPER AWARD

This award is presented biennially for an outstanding paper in VOLUNTAS that contributes to the field of civil society, third sector, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, voluntarism and related issues.  

 

Best Article in Voluntas Awards 2014

By Kari Steen-Johnsen, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

ISTR’s journal Voluntas is a highly productive journal, which has published an increasing number of articles in recent years, and which has also become indexed in the ISI Social Citation Index. Voluntas published 49 papers in 2012 and 53 in 2013. This included one special issue on civil society in Africa, and several thematic sections; on non profits and the provision of social services, on fundraising and on charity accounting, reporting and regulation.  Reflecting the character of this academic society, the articles published spanned a wide range of thematics, and a varied set of theoretical and methodological approaches.

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PRESENT AND PAST RECIPIENTS:


2013
Susan D. Phillips (Canada, Carleton University)
Shining Light on Charities or Looking in the Wrong Place?


2012
Jesse D. Lecy, Hans Peter Schmitz, and Haley Swedlund (Netherlands)
Non-Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizational Effectiveness: A Modern Synthesis


2012

Carine Chemin and Corinne Vercher 
"The Challenge of Activist Coalition Governance: Accommodating Diversity to Create Institutions – An Approach Via the Inter-Relationships Between Action, Project and Instrument”

 


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BEST POSTER AWARD

This award is presented biennially for an outstanding poster that contributes to the field of civil society, third sector, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, voluntarism and related issues.  

 

2014 Best Poster Award Presented
By Paul Dekker, Chair, ISTR Publications Committee

The best poster award is smaller than the best dissertation and the best Voluntas paper award, and the poster jury needed to reach a decision in only a fraction of the time needed by the colleagues of the other two awards, but the poster award is actually the most important one. For let us be realistic: many people do not read dissertations, they hardly read articles. They might quote them if they are available on the internet, but that is it. We are going to shorter and shorter texts and infographics and other visualization tools are becoming more important to get attention. So posters are by far the best way to communicate research and research findings: you have to present everything in an attractive way on less than a square meter for consumption and consideration in less time than a TED talk.

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PRESENT AND PAST RECIPIENTS:

2014

Iwanig Le Vaillant (France, Universite de Nantes)
Territorial  Analysis of Associative Dynamics - Preliminary Thoughts

2012

Rahel Williams
"Grassroots Initiatives: Women Social Entrepreneurs for Poverty Alleviation" 

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