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 

Big Local: The Early Years: reports available

Over 2105-2016, TSRC worked with 15 (of 150) Big Local areas to explore the dimensions of resident led change.

Change in the making

Austerity measures and welfare reform are contributing to a particularly unsettled environment for third sector organisations. Many are grappling with substantial change. The TSRC will be exploring how change is created, contested, understood and experienced within the third sector.















Latest blogs

From Laura Kelly and Ellie Munro

Cuts, closures… and consultations. What is next for youth policy and provision?

From Rob Macmillan and Angela Ellis Paine

Exploring change in the making

From Daiga Kamerāde, Jo Crotty and Sergej Ljubownikow

Is volunteering an outcome or a driver of democratisation ?

From Angus McCabe, Mandy Wilson and Rob Macmillan.

Our Bigger Story: the first chapter. Multimedia evaluation of Big local









Forthcoming events

7 November 2018

Crisis, what crisis? Meanings of a mental health crisis

Latest news

Ten Years Below the Radar: Reflections on Voluntary and Community Action

Ten Years Below the Radar:Reflections on Voluntary and Community Action

TSRC presenting at the North American Conference on British Studies

The TSRC team are out in force in several transatlantic exchanges over the next month. First up are Liz Bailey and Phil Child from the Leverhulme Trust-funded project on community-level changes in the powat war voluntary sector.

Walking on Treacle: Black and Minority Ethnic Groups' Experiences of Community Capacity Building

Phil Ware discusses capacity building and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community groups.
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