SEPTEMBER 2019: Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference
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9/10/2019 to 9/11/2019
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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2019 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

A civil society for the future: setting the agenda for voluntary sector and volunteering research in the 2020s




This year’s VSSN / NCVO’s research conference – on 10 th/11 th September at Aston University in Birmingham – will build on ongoing debates about how civil society can be at the heart of the changes needed to ensure that all communities can thrive.  These debates present opportunities and challenges for civil society actors and for research undertaken on, with and for them, many of which will be explored through the conference. Full conference details are available  here  Highlights in this years’  programme include:


  • An opening plenary in which the architects of two civil society reports – Julia Unwin and Danny Kruger – will discuss their visions for the future of civil society and consider the implications for research
  • A plenary panel of three civil society leaders and policy makers – Andrew Purkis, Debra Allcock Tyler, and Alice Wilcock – will provide some personal reflections on the future of civil society
  • A World Café session on the future of civil society research, during which participants will have an opportunity to meet and share ideas with new and experienced researchers in their field, developing social and professional networks and agendas for future research. The session will be framed by presentations by Rob Macmillan and Caroline Fiennes.
  • Six parallel sessions of papers, panels and workshops across the ten core Conference Streams
  • The largest ever New Researchers session, with 20 participants from a range of institutions and disciplines

The  full draft programme is available here (please note that this is subject to change). 

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