November 2013

Third sector resilience:
surviving in challenging times!

2pm, Wednesday 6 November, BVSC, Digbeth, Birmingham.

The third sector has experienced a period of significant 'unsettlement' through the recession and subsequent government spending reductions, but there has been relatively little research on how organisations are being affected by these changes, and perhaps more importantly, how they are responding to them.

This workshop provides an opportunity for policy makers and practitioners from across Birmingham to hear the latest research from TSRC on the impact of economic and policy change, and to discuss with local organisations how they are responding to this. 

No charge - please register attendance by email:
                   or call 0121 414 7073.

Venue information at the BVSC website


This event is a part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2013





Past events 2013

International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)
2-4 September 2013

Registration for the 5th International Social Innovation Research Conference is now open! Register by 15 August to secure your place.  

ISIRC brings together scholars from around the globe to discuss the role of innovation in social businesses, social movements, not-for-profits, state actors, and the broader social economy.

Does sector matter when delivering employment services?
19 June 2013, London seminar

James Rees explores isomorphic pressures affecting sub-contractors in the work programme.

Innovations in Public Services, 17 June 2013

TSRC & UK-IRC explored what we mean by innovation in public services.
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Doing emotion, doing policy: the emotional role of “grassroots” community activists in policy making

16 May 2013, 2 - 3.30pm, London seminar

Poverty, Ethnicity and Social Networks - 22 May 2013, 1.30 – 4.30pm

This policy workshop looked at findings from research, conducted for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, into the role that social networks can play in poverty and social mobility? Research summary (pdf, 90KB)

The third sector in transition: TSRC and SRA seminar series, 9 May, 11 April and 20 March 2013

Three seminars explored the distribution of voluntary resources, the funding mix, and change on the ground

What is the future of the third sector? TSRC National Conference - 19 April 2013

British Library, London

Prospects for Developing Community Foundations in South Caucasus - 5 April 2013, Georgia

Conference held by the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, with support of Community Development Journal (CDJ) and TSRC

Social enterprise and environmental sustainability: 16 April, Cardiff


Reconstructing social enterprise: an ESRC seminar series - 12 April 2013, Birmingham

Towards transformative co-production in local public services - 19 March 2013

Catherine Durose shared interim findings of a policy review - commissioned by the AHRC and conducted by the University of Birmingham - to help re-think the provision of local public services

Housing and community investment, where next? - 5 March 2013

This seminar at the University of Birmingham explored ways of measuring social impact within housing organisations

Northern Ireland Voluntary Action Futures: Research Agendas - 8 March 2013

This conference, held by NICVA, explored voluntary action in Northern Ireland and the resources available for research, including TSRC's Third Sector Knowledge Portal.

A strategic lead for the third sector? 14 February 2013, 2 - 3.30pm

London seminar - Third Sector Futures Dialogues

Rob Macmillan and Heather Buckingham explored what leadership should look like.

Past events 2012

Social Investment: promise and possibility - 27 November 2012

ESRC/TSRC Policy Seminar in collaboration with Nesta. 

The event looked at what social investment means for charities and voluntary organisations.

Social investment for the 21st Century - 5 November 2012

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

This event brought together social entrepreneurs, social investors and supporters of social enterprise to discuss new and emerging forms of social investment.

The third sector as public service providers - 22 October 2012

TSRC and the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) held an event to discuss third sector involvement in public service delivery, looking at key areas of employment, health, legal advice and criminal justice.

PhD Workshop at Cumberland Lodge - 4-5 October 2012

PhD students explored topical third sector issues with senior academics from the Third Sector Research Centre at a two-day workshop at Cumberland Lodge.

Equalities 'below the radar' research slam - 27 September, 10.30am - 3.30pm

This year's Below the Radar Reference Group meeting was an open event, discussing equalities research on BME organisations, destitute migrants, and Gypsy and Traveller groups.

4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2012) - 12-14 September 2012. TSRC hosted this years ISIRC conference at the University of Birmingham. 

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Working with the Grassroots: Learning from Community Organisers, Community Development & Community Engagement - 28 June 2012, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Policy seminars by TSRC and the Economic and Social Research Council, hosted by GMCVO in Manchester. More details

Social Enterprise & Equality series - June 2012

This series of events was organised with Globalnet21. It included a meeting at the House of Commons hosted by Chris White MP, and a series of webinars discussing social enterprise in relation to equalities issues. More information

Offenders and the third sector - 16 May 2012

TSRC conducted a two year research project looking at the role and impact of the third sector in criminal justice. This event explored the findings with criminal justice staff, policy makers and third sector groups. More

Social networking below the radar: social media or action media? - 4 April 2012

Held in partnership with Globalnet21 and hosted by the Big Lottery Fund, this event looked at the use of social media by below the radar groups. It culminated a series of Beyond the Radar events exploring the how community groups can maximise their impact. More details

Marrying scale and responsiveness - 8 March 2012, Birmingham

Policy seminar by TSRC and the ESRC exploring service delivery by third sector organisations. More