Civil Society and Volunteering

The Civil Society and Volunteering research theme brings together researchers from across the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, engaged in novel ways of thinking about contemporary social questions. Our research investigates the evolving relationship between the state and voluntary organisations as well as individual acts of volunteering.

Staff

Dr Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey

Research Fellow

Liz is a Research Fellow in the Third Sector Research Centre. With a background in the development of educational policy, her research is currently focused on continuity and change in the voluntary sector.

Her research interests include social policy history and the mixed provision of welfare, and she is a strong advocate for understanding the historical context of policy issues

Email
e.c.bailey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips

Senior Research Fellow, IRiS

Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a Senior Research Fellow who joined the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in May 2016. Her main research interests lie in the perceptions, measurement, and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation; ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market; the transnational behaviour across immigrant generations; and social inequalities and social mobility. ...

Email
l.lessard-phillips@bham.ac.uk

Angus McCabe

Angus McCabe

Senior Research Fellow

Angus has a background in community development work both in inner city and settings on peripheral estates. His research interests include resident led change, health and crime as well as community based education. Until 2006 he was Knowledge Manager for the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund and evaluator with the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health.

He is currently ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 415 8561
Email
a.j.mccabe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Diarmuid McDonnell

Dr Diarmuid McDonnell

Research Fellow

Diarmuid is a social scientist with experience in academia, the public and voluntary sectors, and consultancy work. He is currently researching post-war organisational change in the UK voluntary sector.

Diarmuid is a former Social Impact Strategy Doctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and winner, with Professor Alasdair Rutherford, of the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)7896 287700
Email
d.mcdonnell.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor Paul Montgomery

Professor of Social Intervention
Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Social Policy
Cross Whitehall Trials Panel Advisor and Affiliate Professor at the Department of Family Studies, University of Malta

Paul arrived at Birmingham University in 2017 to take up his current post after twenty years at Oxford University where he was Professor of Psycho-social Intervention. His work is methodologically based in three main areas: Systematic Reviews, Trials (many of them RCTs) and Methods Advances in Complex Intereventions. Topically, his work is wide ranging and includes Sleepwhere he originally did ...

Email
p.x.montgomery@bham.ac.uk

Publications

2018

McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J. (eds.) (forthcoming) Community Groups in Context. Local activities and actions. Policy Press, Bristol

2017

Bennett, M. R.,Einolf. C. (2017). Religion, Altruism, and Helping Strangers: A Multilevel Analysis of 123 Countries. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(2):323;341.

Bennett, M. R., Heaney J., Mach-Mortensen, A. M., and Pemberton, S. (2017). What are the effects of charitable giving on inflammatory markers among adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis. PROSPERO CRD42017079092

Bennett, M. R., Heaney J., Mach-Mortensen, A. M., and Pemberton, S. (2017). What are the effects of volunteering on inflammatory markers among adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis.” PROSPERO CRD42017079083

Phil Child, ‘Landlordism, Rent Regulation and the Labour Party in mid-twentieth century Britain, 1950-64’, Twentieth Century British History (2017).

Daiga, K., Bennett M. R. (2017). Rewarding Work: Cross National Differences in benefits, Volunteering During Unemployment, Benefits, Well-being and Mental Health.Work, Employment and Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0950017016686030

McCabe, A., Wilson, M. and Macmillan, R. (2017) Beyond the Early Years. The longitudinal multi-media evaluation of Big Local. Local Trust, London/Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham. http://ourbiggerstory.com/reports.php

McCabe, A. and Harris, K. (2017) Trouble in Utopia: Community Action and Social Media (Working Paper 140). Third sector Research Centre, Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/documents/tsrc/working-papers/BTR-CASM-working-paper-140-final-2.pdf

McCabe, A. and Harris, K. (2017) Community Action and Social Media – a review of the literature (Working Paper 139). Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham  http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/documents/tsrc/working-papers/Working-Paper-139-Community-Action-and-Social-Media-Final-2.pdf

2016

McCabe. A., Buckingham, H., Miller, S. and Musabyimana, M. (2016) Belief in Social Action: Exploring faith groups’ responses to local needs (Working Paper 137) Third Sector Research centre, Birmingham https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/tsrc/documents/tsrc/working-papers/working-paper-137.pdf

Mohan, J. and Bennett, M. R. (2016) “Community-level impacts of the third sector: does the local distribution of voluntary organisations influence the likelihood of   volunteering?”, TSI Working Paper Series No. 7, Seventh Framework Programme (grant agreement 613034), European Union. Brussels: Third Sector Impact.