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









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Latest news

TSRC members presenting papers in Amsterdam 

Current members of TSRC are presenting several papers at the International Society for Third Sector Research, Amsterdam, 10 – 13 July.

Voluntary action: reasons why shifting the dials will be difficult

What are the prospects for a significant increase in the levels of volunteering among the population? 

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