TSRC Fellows and Fellowships


The fellowship scheme is currently closed to new applications.

Researchers from a variety of backgrounds can gain formal status as TSRC Fellows, to benefit from collaboration, advice, and support from the Centre's academics and staff.

We have established fellowships with researchers from a variety of backgrounds – from academics in honorary or active associate capacities, to independent researchers, third sector practitioners, and policy-makers.



Honorary Fellows

Akwugo Emejulu – Honorary Fellow

University of Edinburgh

Dr Akwugo Emejulu is a lecturer in Community Education at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and has research interests in two areas: investigating ethnic and gender inequalities in a comparative perspective and exploring expressions of political identity and agency within the micro-politics of community development and community organising. She is currently the co-principal investigator, with Leah Bassel- University of Leicester, for the British Academy funded comparative project 'Minority Women in Tough Times' which explores how the global economic crisis and subsequent austerity measures are impacting on minority women’s activism in anti-poverty and migrants rights non-governmental organisations in the UK and France. In particular, they investigate how the on-going economic crisis influences the ability of minority and migrant women to use their intersectional identities and experiences of multiple discrimination as a resource for political activism and mobilisation.

Akwugo and Leah are working with the TSRC Below the Radar team to explore how the economic crisis is influencing the politics of race, class and gender in the French and British voluntary sectors.

Akwugo is a co-director of the Centre for Education for Race Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh and an Editorial Board Member of the Community Development Journal.

Web: University of Edinburgh profile

Email: akwugo.emejulu@ed.ac.uk

Andrew Kythreotis – Honorary Fellow

Cardiff University 

Dr. Andrew Kythreotis is a Serious Brain Power Research Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Planning & Geography, Cardiff University.

His research interests are trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary and international in scope, spanning geography, environmental science and cognate disciplines. They include the governance of sustainable development and climate change, earth and climate processes, climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, environmental (geo)politics, constructions of climate knowledge, the political economy of the state and the scale debate in human geography. More specifically, my current research interests examine how power is configured and negotiated across territorial space and scale through climate change and environmental governance interventions and processes, especially through emerging relationships between the third and public sectors.

Andrew will be working alongside Dr. Milena Buchs (Southampton) examining the strategies that third sector organisations adopt to encourage pro-environmental behaviours and the barriers they encounter in doing so.  

Web: Cardiff University staff profile

Email: KythreotisA@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76063


Caron Walton – Honorary Fellow

Web: LinkedIn profile

Email: caronbembrick@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Cornforth – Honorary Fellow

Chris Cornforth is Professor of Organisational Governance and Management at the Open University Business School in the UK. Over the past 20 years his main research has focused on the governance of third sector organisations. He has examined a range of topics including board effectiveness, board change, the relationship between boards and management, the role and effectiveness of chairs of governing bodies, and chair - chief executive relations. He is co-editor of the book ‘Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches’ published by Routledge in 2013. He will be working with Rob Macmillan of TSRC analysing data on governance from the Real Times project.

Web: Open University Business School profile

Email: Chris.Cornforth@open.ac.uk

Duncan Scott – Honorary Fellow

Dr Duncan Scott is currently working with TSRC to further develop the work of ‘Real Times’, the Centre’s qualitative longitudinal research project, in particular with respect to the ways in which individual agencies can be better understood by closer attention to their wider inter-organisational relationships.

Duncan was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

His research interests include:

  • Qualitative methods with particular reference to case-study and biographic approaches
  • Voluntary and Community Sector infrastructure-Support Strategies and their Delivery mechanisms
  • Making sense of `Failure’ in Social Enterprise

He has just completed a biography of a woman who conducted social research during the early days of the Second World War and then over forty years later. Her human story provides the basis for an exploration of how personal lives impact on the professional development of researchers.

Email: wdscott106@btinternet.com

James Derounian – Honorary Fellow

James Derounian

University of Gloucestershire

James Derounian is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer Community Engagement and Governance at the University of Gloucestershire. James' teaching, action research and consultancy relate to local governance, rural social issues and community engagement.

James has undertaken consultancies for international (Romanian Historic Monuments' Commission), national (Carnegie UK Trust) and local (Oxfordshire Rural Community Council) organisations. He is particularly skilled at facilitating learning for part time, mature, distance learning students (many of whom work with/for parish councils). He publishes articles regularly for the Guardian newspaper, on higher education and localism. James has been selected and trained by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors/RTPI (2012) to undertake independent examinations of community-generated Neighbourhood Plans NP across England. He is taking a key role in producing an NP for his hometown of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. James is married to Linsey, who is a primary teacher in Cheltenham. They have 2 grown-up children: a son, Sam (an artist based in Copenhagen) and Flora (French-Italian translator and interpreter). They all love Rumpus the rescue cat!

Web: University of Gloucestershire profile


Leah Bassel – Honorary Fellow

University of Leicester

Leah joined the University of Leicester in 2011 as New Blood Lecturer in Sociology.

She was previously lecturer in Sociology at City University London (2008-11) and held Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the Refugee Studies Centre/Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford funded by the ESRC and with the Group for the Study of Ethnicity, Racism, Migration and Exclusion at the Institute of Sociology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

She completed her DPhil From Refugee Woman to Citizen: The Politics of Integration in France and Canadaat the University of Oxford where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, Canada, in Political Science.

Before studying at Oxford Leah was an emergency outreach worker in Paris where she provided humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers, and initiated and organised a circus camp project for refugee youth that then became an annual event.

Web: University of Leicester profile

Email: lb235@le.ac.uk

Tel: 0116 252 2730


Lindsey Metcalf – Honorary Fellow

Dr Lindsey Metcalf is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Her research interests are strongly informed by her own experiences as a volunteer in voluntary organisations aiming to support disadvantaged communities and tackle inequalities. She is interested in analysing social policy developments relating to public service delivery, governance, social welfare and social justice, and the implications for voluntary organisations, volunteers and service users. She has a particular interest in the changing roles of the state and the voluntary sector in welfare delivery, and the implications arising from this.

Lindsey’s PhD (University of Liverpool) examined the governance role and responsibilities of volunteer charity trustees within the context of significant recent changes to the voluntary sector as a result of social policy developments that have encouraged the contracting out of public services.

Lindsey is contributing to TSRC work to understand how third sector organisations measure the impact of their activities. She is also a board member of Interchange - a registered charity that connects universities and local voluntary and community organisations for research and work-based learning.

Web: Voluntary Action History Society profile

Email: L.J.Metcalf@ljmu.ac.uk

Nick Acheson – Honorary Fellow

University of Ulster

Dr Nick Acheson is currently carrying out a critical re-appraisal of the third sector literature on agency and change. He plans to apply new theoretical insights from the broader public policy literature on re-analysis of existing data from Northern Ireland, in particular, but also from Rep of Ireland and Ontario in Canada. This work relates to the ‘theory and policy’ and ‘real times’ research streams.

Web: University of Ulster profile

Email: N.Acheson@ulster.ac.uk

Richard Lang – Honorary Fellow


Dr Richard Lang is Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow and Acting Head of the Housing and Communities Research Group. In January 2015 he returned to the University of Birmingham for a 2 year Marie Curie Fellowship, after he had already undertaken housing research at the TSRC as a William Plowden Research Fellow in 2013. Since January 2014 Richard has been Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, where he also holds a fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Richard’s research interests include social innovation, social capital and networks, social and community entrepreneurship, cooperative and community-led housing, civil society governance, as well as urban and regional development. Richard has carried out and coordinated several research and knowledge transfer projects in these fields during the last few years.

He has published several contributions to international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, such as Voluntas, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, European Planning Studies, International Journal of Housing Policy and International Small Business Journal.

Web: University of Birmingham profile

Email: r.lang@bham.ac.uk and richard.lang@jku.at

Teresa Piacentini – Honorary Fellow

Teresa lectures at the University of Glasgow.

Web: University of Glasgow profile

Email: Teresa.Piacentini@glasgow.ac.uk



Practice Fellows

Bryan Collis – Practice Fellow

WCVA - Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Dr Bryan Collis is Senior Research Officer at WCVA.

Web: LinkedIn profile

Email: BCollis@wcva.org.uk

Karl Wilding – Practice Fellow

NCVO - the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Karl Wilding is Director of Public Policy at NCVO and oversees NCVO's work on Policy and Research, Partnerships and Public Services, the Compact, the Institute for Volunteering Research and NCVO's European and international function.

Karl's professional interests include voluntary sector funding and finance, the relative roles of the state and voluntary organisations, and the impact of new technologies (such as open data) on voluntary action.

He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness, where he also contributes to the ESRC Centre for Giving and Philanthropy. Karl is a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service.

Web: Profile at NCVO.org.uk

Email: karl.wilding@ncvo.org.uk

Twitter: @karlwilding

Kevin Harris – Practice Fellow 

Local Level - resolving community issues

Kevin Harris has 27 years’ experience in community development and has worked extensively on social inclusion and social technologies. He wrote pioneering reports on social inclusion in the information society in the 1990s and was a member of the government’s Policy Action Team on Access to IT. He co-authored the Online neighbourhood networks study, demonstrating the social benefits of local online channels, in 2010. In 2012-2013 he worked with TSRC on a study of ethnicity, poverty and social networks. Kevin writes the Neighbourhoods blogwhich he established in 2003.

Web: Local Level

Email: kevin@local-level.org.uk


Mandy Wilson – Practice Fellow

Mandy Wilson 

Mandy Wilson has 30 years’ experience in community development practice, management, research and evaluation, at local, national and international levels.  Equally, she has long service in the voluntary and community sector. She has extensive knowledge and experience in resident led, neighbourhood level development and has played a significant role in a variety of government funded programmes.  Mandy has designed frameworks for community involvement in EU and UK programmes and worked alongside residents in action research and participatory evaluation studies.  Mandy is currently working with TSRC on the longitudinal multi-media evaluation of Big Local – ‘Our Bigger Story’.

Mandy is a member of the editorial board of the Community Development Journal and a RSA fellow.  

Selected Publications

Wilson, M. and Zipfel, T. (2008)'Communities R Us: new and established communities working together'; hact, London

Taylor, M., Wilson, M., Purdue, D. and Wilde, P. (2007) Changing Neighbourhoods; Policy Press 

Wilson, M. with Burns, D. et al, (2004) “Making Community Participation Meaningful’, and ‘What works in assessing community participation?” Policy Press

Skinner, S. and Wilson, (2002), Assessing Community Strengths, Community Development Foundation

Wilde, P. and Wilson, M. (2001), Building Practitioners Strengths, Community Development Foundation

Web: http://www.mandywilson.co.uk/

Email: many.wilson7@virginmedia.com


 Associate Fellows

Adrian Randall - Associate Fellow

Full profile TBC

Andrew Ryder - Associate Fellow

Dr Andrew Ryder has a long history of work with and for Gypsy Roma Traveller communities. Between 1990 and 2001, Andrew worked as a teacher in state schools and with the British Council and taught Gypsy/Roma children in the UK, Hungary and Portugal. From 2002 until 2006, Andrew was the policy officer for the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (GTLRC), an umbrella group which lobbied for more Traveller sites and greater social inclusion. The GTLRC was awarded the Liberty Human Rights Award in 2004.

Andrew also acted as researcher to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Traveller Law Reform from 2002 – 2007 and continues to provide support and advice. Between 2006 and 2009 Andrew was the National Policy Officer for the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, and between 2009 and 2010 carried out research as part of the Big Lottery funded Traveller Economic Inclusion Project. Andrew is currently a Fellow at the School of Policy Studies at Bristol University and Visiting Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Andrew’s key interests focus on Gypsies Roma Travellers/marginalised groups with reference to: social inclusion; community groups/NGOs; empowerment; the third sector and social enterprise. Andrew has worked with the Third Sector Research Centre since 2011 and is looking forward to continuing to pursue his research interests with their Below the Radar and equalities work streams.

Email: romanistan@yahoo.com

Caitlin McMullin - Associate Fellow

PhD Student - University of Birmingham

Caitlin McMullin is a part-time PhD student at the Institute for Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham. She also works as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University. Prior to this, she worked for a membership organisation of community groups.

Caitlin’s research interests include third sector delivery of public services, with particular focus on service user involvement, co-production, public service reform and new models of public service delivery.

Email: CXM257@bham.ac.uk

Eileen Conn - Associate Fellow

Eileen Conn, MA (Oxon) FRSA MBE, worked for many years in central UK Government Whitehall policy-making on the organisation, management and development of government systems and subsequently in developing systems of business corporate social responsibility. In the 1990s she established ‘Living Systems Research’ as an umbrella for her study of ‘Social Dynamics & Complex Living Systems’, and her work in the field for ‘Sustainable & Cohesive Communities’. As an RSA Fellow she founded the RSA Living Systems Group in 1994 looking at companies and other human social systems as complex living systems. In parallel, she has been an active citizen in London community organisations. She was Southwark Citizen of the year in 1998, and in 2008 was Community Activist of the year, Active Citizen of the year, and Southwark Woman of the year. In the UK’s New Year’s Honours of 2009 she was awarded the MBE for services to the community.

She has had a long-term interest in the dynamics of communities and the emergence of community organisations which interact with the structures of public agencies and commercial companies. She has found that complexity theory provides a rewarding approach to understanding these complex social systems. Eileen is an informal associate in the LSE Complexity Research Programme, and an Associate Fellow of the Third Sector Research Centre. She is facilitating and studying the emergence of community networks and other community engagement processes in London. She was co-editor and a co-author of Visions of Creation (1995), and is currently working on a new book with the Living Systems Group. She received an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.

Her paper ‘Community engagement and the social eco-system dance’ has been published as a chapter in the book: A. Tait and K.A. Richardson (eds.), Moving Forward with Complexity, Litchfield Park, AZ: Emergent Publications. In this discussion paper, Eileen brings new insights into these relationships by drawing on complexity theory. She argues that spaces where the more organic eco-systems of the community world interact with the ordered world of power and authority create opportunities which are mostly missed. This unrealised potential may offer a way forward in the current policy climate.

Email: complex.community@gmail.com

Heather Buckingham - Associate Fellow

Dr Heather Buckingham's work as a TSRC staff member to 2013 included contributing to a number of projects on the social economy and employment; third sector leadership; and the Futures Dialogues series. She also worked on the role of social enterprises in delivering public services in health and social care, focusing particularly on the continuities and changes in values and working cultures in organisations that have been ‘spun out’ from the NHS.

Research interests include:

  • Provision for vulnerable social groups, including homeless people and those with mental health problems.
  • The role of faith in social action and how this interacts with policy and culture.
  • Shifts in the welfare mix and the influence of changing government-third sector relations.
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches connecting research on micro-scale social relations with wider policy debates, including therapeutic landscapes and care ethics.

Heather previously worked for the TSRC in Southampton on the geographies of social enterprise project. She also completed her PhD at the University of Southampton. Her doctoral research explored the impact of government contracting – including competitive tendering and performance measurement processes – on third sector organisations working with homeless people.

Journal Articles

Other publications


Email: h.buckingham@bham.ac.uk  


Helen Kara - Associate Fellow

Dr Helen Kara is Director of We Research It Ltd.  Her background is in social work and the third sector, and she has worked as an independent researcher in health & social care since 1999.  She specialises in research and evaluation methods, partnership working, and children & family services. 

Helen is on the Board of the UK's Social Research Association with lead responsibility for standards and ethics.

Helen is a skilled and experienced writer.  Her peer-reviewed book, Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners, was published in the UK by The Policy Pressin 2012, and is distributed in the US by Chicago University Press.  Her next book, Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide, is scheduled for publication in 2015.

Helen produced or co-produced five papers in the first 18 months of her TSRC fellowship.  These are:

From 2012-2013, Helen worked with Malin Arvidson on the impact of evaluation methods in use in third sector children & family services. She is now working with Rob Macmillan on support, capacity-building and infrastructure services for the third sector.

Jayne Parry - Associate Fellow

Jayne is Professor of Policy and Public Health, and Head of the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 

Jayne’s research focuses on the assessment and evaluation of the health impacts of national policy initiatives. She has received major grants from the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health Research and other bodies to support her work in this field.

Jayne is vice-Chair of the NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Panel, and is Academic Lead for NHS Post-graduate Public Health Training Programme in the West Midlands region. She was founding Director of the NIHR RDS-West Midlands (2008-11).

Jayne edited the first-ever textbook on health impact assessment (OUP 2004), and is on the Editorial Board of Critical Public Health. She is a referee for numerous journals and for grant giving bodies (NIHR, Wellcome, MRC).

Web: University of Birmingham profile

Email: j.m.parry.1@bham.ac.uk

Linda Milbourne - Associate Fellow

Birkbeck University of London

Dr Linda Milbourne has worked as a researcher and lecturer in higher education since 1998, focusing on hard-to-reach groups and social policy initiatives related to community-based work. Over the last 6 years, she has co-ordinated postgraduate programmes in Voluntary, Community and Youth Studies in the School of Social Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London.

Her recent research has concentrated on changing cross-sector relationships, survival factors, voluntary sector autonomy and the diverse experiences of larger and smaller organisations. Drawing on a range of studies, she has recently published a book: ‘Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times or New Opportunities’ (2013, Policy Press). Aspects of this work connect with TSRC research themes, including in Theory and Policy; Real Times; and Service Delivery.

Linda has over 25 years experience of public and voluntary sector organisations, including as a public sector education manager, voluntary sector trustee and active campaigner; and has undertaken consultancy, training and joint research projects in a range of contexts, including with local authority sponsors, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, the Institute for Volunteering, and with a variety of voluntary agencies. 

Web: Birkbeck University of London profile

Web: Voluntary Sector Studies Network profile

Email: l.milbourne@bbk.ac.uk


Phil Ware - Associate Fellow

Phil is an Associate Fellow of TSRC working on research linked to the Below the Radar programme. His background is in community development and play, working in and with the community and voluntary sector in Birmingham and Dudley. He has also been an Associate Lecturer with Brunel University delivering an Apprenticeship Scheme programme to qualify local youth and community workers as JNC workers in Dudley. His first degree and Masters in Race and Education, are both from Birmingham University.

Phil's interests include the impact that community groups, and BME groups in particular, can have both in relation to the internal environments of the sector, and to external policy makers and funders.

His most recent work looks at the voice and influence of BME community groups in relation to this, and includes research undertaken with groups in Birmingham, Manchester and London, together with strategic organisations regionally and nationally.

Email: p.ware@bham.ac.uk


Rosie Anderson - Associate Fellow

"After graduating from my undergraduate Masters at the University of Edinburgh and Institut d’Etudes Politiques Grenoble (Sciences Po) with a First in 2005 I became a journalist, initially as a Hugo Young Intern at the Guardianand then on the BBC News Scholarship. I worked in London, Cardiff and Glasgow as a reporter and producer before moving into policy work as a researcher with the RSA in London. From there I became Policy, Research and Media Manager for Community Matters, the national representative body for community charities. After four years as a policy practitioner I have come back to Edinburgh to research my doctoral thesis as a Principal’s Career Development Scholar, and I have a particular interest in practice-based models of learning and in bringing together practitioners and academic researchers."