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TSRC – the UK's centre for civil society research

The Third Sector Research Centre works to enhance knowledge through independent and critical research.  In collaboration with practitioners, policy makers, and other academics, we explore the key issues affecting charities and voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals. 

Latest research 

Getting By? A year in the life of 30 working families in Liverpool
Over the last 18 months the below the radar workstream has been supporting the 'Getting By? Project'. Read the final report.

'Our Bigger Story': Multi-media evaluation of Big Local
Find out more about Big Local areas, what they are doing and what they hope to achieve, and watch our short video showing snippets of films already made in Big Local areas.

Luck, passion, networks and skills: recipe for action below the radar?   

Our latest Working Paper

Understanding Cultural Value: The Amateur and Voluntary Arts

Understanding Cultural Value: The Amateur and Voluntary Arts 



Latest blogs

From John Mohan
Paid leave to volunteer: A lesson in economic geography

From Angus McCabe
Community Action and Social Media Survey: take part and help us understand how community groups use social media

From John Mohan
Digging deeper into open grants data: why might we find variations between communities?

From Rob MacMillan
ChangeUp ten years on: share your infrastructure development stories.


Unfolding tales of
voluntary action

What is the full story of third sector activity in communities struggling to manage tough economic and social challenges? How are organisations and individuals adapting and helping to set the agenda?

The 'Unfolding tales...' series explores these issues and more, from the unique vantage point of TSRC's 'Real Times' project.


Upcoming events

Professor John Mohan: inaugural professorial lecture 'Bigging up society? Evidence, assertion and policy in debates about the UK's third sector'.

Wednesday 13th May 2015 (16:30-18.00)

G15 - Muirhead Lecture Theatre

Places are limited so online registration is necessary.


Knowledge Portal


Over 6700 documents have now been added to the Third Sector Knowledge Portal, our easy-to-use online library of research, evidence, and analysis.


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