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 Rob Macmillan

The Collapse of Kids Company - a settling of accounts

From Charlie Rahal

Working with the Big Data from the Third Sector


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




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

Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny

6:30PM, 16 February 2016
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD

Reserve a free place on Eventbrite

The Centre for British Politics and Public Life is joined by an expert panel of speakers including Rob Macmillan (Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham) 



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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