Professor John Mohan

Professor John Mohan

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Professor of Social Policy
Director of the Third Sector Research Centre

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT

John is a Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, and is currently Director of the Third Sector Research Centre.


  • PhD 1983
  • BA 1979


John currently contributes to the MA in Social Policy (specialist option on the third sector).

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Mohan has recently been involved in supervision of research into the following fields:

Social enterprise approaches to health inequalities
Lifecourse approaches to the study of volunteering
Longitudinal studies of volunteering
Policy towards volunteering, past and present


Recent publications


Lindsey, R, Mohan, J, Metcalfe, E & Bulloch, S 2018, Continuity and change in voluntary action: patterns, trends and understandings. Third Sector Research Series, Policy Press, Bristol.

Mohan, J & Breeze, B 2016, The logic of charity: Great expectations in hard times. Palgrave, Basingstoke.


Ellis Paine, A, Kamerade, D, Mohan, J & Davidson, D 2019, 'Communities as ‘renewable energy’ for health care services? a multi-methods study into the form, scale and role of voluntary support for community hospitals in England', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 10, e030243.

Mohan, J & Bennett, M 2019, 'Community-level impacts of the third sector: Does the local distribution of voluntary organizations influence the likelihood of volunteering?', Environment and Planning A, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 950-979.

Kendall, J, Mohan, J, Brookes, N & Yoon, Y 2018, 'The English voluntary sector: How volunteering and policy climate perceptions matter', Journal of Social Policy.

Newbigging, K, Mohan, J, Rees, J, Harlock, J & Davis, A 2017, 'Contribution of the voluntary sector to mental health crisis care in England: protocol for a multimethod study', BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 11, e019238.

Mohan, J & McKay, S 2017, 'The prevalence and distribution of high salaries in English and Welsh Charities', Social Policy and Society.

Mohan, J, Smith, P & Tabassum, F 2016, 'Association of volunteering with mental well-being: a lifecourse analysis of a national population-based longitudinal study in the UK', BMJ open.

Mohan, J & Clifford, D 2016, 'The sources of income of English and Welsh charities: an organisation-level perspective', Voluntas, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 487-508.

Taylor, J, Twigg, L & Mohan, J 2015, 'Understanding neighbourhood perceptions of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour', Urban Studies, vol. 52, no. 12, pp. 2186-2202.

Clifford, D, Geyne-Rahme, F & Mohan, J 2013, 'Variations between Organisations and Localities in Government Funding of Third-sector Activity: Evidence from the National Survey of Third-sector Organisations in England', Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 959-976.

Mohan, J 2012, 'Entering the lists: what can we learn about the voluntary sector in England from listings produced by local infrastructure bodies?', Voluntary Sector Review, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 197-215.

McCulloch, A, Mohan, J & Smith, P 2012, 'Patterns of social capital, voluntary activity, and area deprivation in England', Environment and Planning A, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 1130-1147.


Mohan, J, Exworthy, M (ed.), Peckham, S (ed.), Powell, M (ed.) & Hann, A (ed.) 2012, Hospital Policy in England and Wales: of what is the 1962 Hospital Plan a case? in Shaping health policy: case study methods and analysis. Policy Press, pp. 59-76.

Commissioned report

Davidson, D, Ellis Paine, A, Glasby, J, Williams, I, Tucker, H, Crilly, T, Crilly, J, Le Mesurier, N, Mohan, J, Kamerade, D, Seamark, D & Marriott, J 2019, Analysis of the profile, characteristics, patient experience and community value of community hospitals: a multimethod study. vol. 7, 1 edn, National Institute for Health Research.

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