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 

Community action and social media: trouble in Utopia?

Social media has not been adopted as widely by community organisations as might have been expected. This study explores the gap between claims for the transformative power of social media, and its use by grassroots community groups and organisations in England. It concludes that social media makes too many demands – in terms of skills, time, and the demonstration of impact – to make its adoption sufficiently straightforward for community organisations.

The Story of G: Up; a regional third sector network

In this paper Helen Kara, Associate Fellow at
TSRC, provides a critical reflection on the story of G:Up, a regional
infrastructure network which aimed to support voluntary organisations working with children and young people in the West Midlands.












Forthcoming events

Community action and social media seminar: Monday 24 April 2017, 3.45-5.30pm, University of Birmingham

This seminar will launch two recent working papers on community action and social media. This will also be an opportunity to discuss the future of community groups use of social media as a means of organising. 

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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