Angela Ellis Paine

Research Fellow

Dr Angela Ellis Paine joined the Third Sector Research Centre in February 2011, and contributes to TSRC’s Theory and policy and Workforce and workplace research streams, as well as a number of our collaborative projects. Recent projects have included exploring leadership, legitimacy and leverage in the third sector; the link between volunteering and employability, using the British Household Panel Survey; a collaborative project with the Big Lottery Fund exploring different stakeholder's perceptions of the impact of BIG of the impact of BIG on the strategic development of the third sector; and evaluations of volunteering programmes for Age UK and for 'v'.


Angela has been involved in research on and with the third sector for over thirteen years. Her primary research interests are in volunteering and participation.

Before joining TSRC Angela was Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research; her institutional base for ten years. Angela has undertaken numerous studies on different aspects of volunteering, with themes including, for example: young people and volunteering; social exclusion and volunteering; volunteer recruitment, retention and management; and the impact of volunteering.  Angela has been involved in evaluations of a number of international, national and local initiatives, and also in collaborative research with many volunteer-involving organisations in different sectors. Angela has written several publications, including being co-author (with Colin Rochester and Steven Howlett) of Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) and (with Natalie Low, Sarah Butt and Justin Davis Smith) of Helping Out: A national study of volunteering and charitable giving (2007, Cabinet Office).


PhD (Geography), University of Wales Swansea, 2001

BSc (Geography), University of Wales Swansea, 1997

Selected Publications

Ellis Paine, A., Moro, D. and  McKay, S. (2013, forthcoming)Does volunteering improve employability? Insights from the British Household Panel Survey and beyond, Voluntary Sector Review.

Ellis Paine, A., Taylor, R. and Alcock, P. (2012) Wherever there is money there is influence: Exploring BIG’s impact on the third sector, TSRC Working Paper 75, TSRC:  Birmingham. 

Ellis Paine, A., N. Ockenden and J. Stuart (2010) 'Volunteers in Hybrid Organizations: A marginalised majority?' in D. Billis (ed) Hybrid Organizations and the Third Sector: Challenges for practice, theory and policy, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. 

Rochester, C., Ellis Paine, A. and Howlett, S. (2010) Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Ellis Paine, A., Kendall, J. and Baglioni, S. (2009) ‘The United Nation’s International Year of Volunteers: A significant non-EU transnational initiative for European Countries? Chp 15 in J. Kendall (ed) Handbook on Third Sector Policy in Europe: Multi-level processes and organized civil society, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

Machin, J. and Ellis Paine, A. (2008) Management Matters: A national survey of volunteer management capacity, Institute for Volunteering Research: London.

Machin, J. and A. Ellis Paine (2008) Managing for Success: Volunteers’ views on their involvement and support, Institute for Volunteering Research: London.

Ellis Paine, A., Malmersjo, G. and Stubbe, W. (2007) ‘Kortdurend Vrijwilligerswerk: Zegen of vloek?’ [Short-term Volunteering: A curse or a blessing?]. In: Vrijwillige Inzet Onderzocht [Voluntary Effort Studied], Vol 4, supplement, pp. 101-110.

Low, N., Butt, S., Ellis Paine, A. and Davis Smith, J. (2007)Helping Out: A national study of volunteering and charitable giving, Cabinet Office: London.

Ellis, A. (2005) ‘Messy Methodologies, Processes and Issues: Exploring some of the realities of undertaking qualitative research’ pp.24-31 in Alcock, P. and Scott, D. (eds) Close Work: Doing qualitative research in the voluntary sector,CAF: West Malling.

Davis Smith, J., A. Ellis and G. Brewis (2005) ‘Cross-National Volunteering: A developing movement?’ in Brudney, J. (ed) Emerging Areas of Volunteering,ARNOVA Occasional Paper Series 1(2) ARNOVA: Indianapolis.