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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 Paper Award 2017

Is My Volunteer Job Not Real Work? The Experiences of Migrant Women with Finding Employment Through Volunteer Work

by Thomas Kampen and Jasmijn Slootjes



Best Paper Award 2016

How Civil Society Organizations Foster Insurgent Citizenship: Lessons from the Brazilian Landless Movement

by Lehn Benjamin and Abdulrazak Karriem

Voluntas Best Paper Awards, 2016 & 2017
by Patricia Mendonça 

Dear ISTR community,

It is with joy that we communicate the winners of the Voluntas Best Paper Award 2016/2017

The award aims to give visibility to the academic publication of the ISTR, the renowned journal Voluntas, reference in the field of studies of third sector and civil society and its related themes.

Voluntas stands out by welcoming a thematic and geographical diversity of works. Diversity was also reflected in the award criteria and in the formation of the evaluation committee.

In the period 2016/2017 Voluntas had a significant increase in published papers, being, 129 papers in 2016 and 118 papers in 2017. This represented an additional challenge for the Committee's choice, given the many high-level papers found and the diversity of their themes.

The evaluation process had several rounds of readings and rankings. We present below the winners of this cycle. As chair of the best paper committee I leave my big thank you to our ISTR volunteer members, who offered their valuable time, knowledge and effort to this task: Thomas Adam (USA), Frederick Claeye (France), Lorena Cortes (Mexico), Armine Ishkanian ( UK), Mary Zhou (Hong Kong), Jenny Paturyan (Armenia), Lili Wang (USA) and Hilary Yerbury (Australia).

VOLUNTAS: Editor's Choice

Nonprofits are collective endeavors that supply a bewildering range of products and services, including some of value to their immediate members only. Many also advocate policy positions on issues of direct interest to themselves, their clients and beneficiaries, and/or the broader community. There is substantial variation in their advocacy strategies, the scope of policy goals they embrace, and the types of individuals they engage in such activities. Consequently, there are also differences in whether and how nonprofit advocacy activities reduce inequalities, enhance civic participation, and promote deliberative democracy. This symposium interprets and theorizes about emerging nonprofit challenges by showcasing research of nonprofit advocacy and civic engagement scholars. Collectively, the papers demonstrate the vibrancy of the field of nonprofit civic engagement and advocacy and identify important areas for future research to capture the complexity of nonprofits as actors guided by both instrumental and normative goals, serving organizational and social missions, and reducing some types of inequalities but creating new ones.

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VOLUNTAS: Open Access Articles

VOLUNTAS: Be sure to read open access articles, which can be found at…

The current issue of VOLUNTAS offers open access for:

'Grassroots Environmental Activism in an Authoritarian Context: The Trees Movement in Vietnam' 

'Social Marketisation and Policy Influence of Third Sector Organisations: Evidence from the UK'

'Peruvian Grassroots Organizations in Times of Violence and Peace. Between Economic Solidarity, Participatory Democracy, and Feminism'


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