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

4-5 December 2018

Volunteering and sustainable development: Home and away workshop

14 February 2019

TSRC one-day conference - continuity and change in voluntary action

Latest news

TSRC papers at the ARNOVA conference, Austin, November 2018

TSRC presents papers on a wide range of topics at the annual ARNOVA conference.

Talking about non-engagement in voluntary action

Public debate about voluntary action often focusses on headline levels of participation, which at times have become symbolic of the success or otherwise of government policies.

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

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