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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 

Unemployment, voluntary work, health and wellbeing, a TSI Working Paper by Daiga Kamerāde and Matthew Bennett

Over 2015 Alison Gilchrist has been the Plowden Fellowship Visiting Researcher with the Third Sector Research Centre’s below the radar work-stream. To read Alison’s Plowden Lecture on formality and informality in the community sector click here.

Shifting the dials? Stability, change and cohort variations in voluntary actionWorking Paper 135 by John Mohan

Third sector impact on human resources and community. In this TS Working paper 3/ TSRC working paper 134 D.Kamerāde critically reviews current evidence on what impact does volunteering and working in the sector has on individuals and community.







Latest blogs

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

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.


Big Local: What's happening?
As part of Our Bigger Story, the multi-media evaluation of Big Local, we have been making a series of films tracking change in Big Local areas.

'The State of Social Capital in Britain event'

TSRC staff John Mohan, Matthew Bennett and Daiga Kamerāde are speaking at the 'The State of Social Capital in Britain event' in London on 11th November.



Upcoming events

 Call for papers

An opportunity to present your research at the seminar 'Work at home, leisture and community' on 14th January 2016.

Read more here.

TSRC Seminar

An ‘unusual jewel’: reflections on the demise of Kids Company

Rob  Macmillan 

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2015Time: 3pm – 5pmPlace: Room 427, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

No registration 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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