Dr Angela Ellis-Paine

Dr Angela Ellis-Paine

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy, Third Sector Research Centre
Park House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Angela Ellis Paine is a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She has been involved in research on voluntary action for over twenty years, with a particular interest in volunteering and participation. Angela is currently co-investigator on two studies exploring different aspects of voluntary action, both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): ‘discourses of voluntary action’ at two transformational moments in the welfare state; and a qualitative, longitudinal study of ‘change in the making’ within the voluntary sector. Recently completed projects include: an NIHR-funded study of community hospitals, with a focus on issues of community engagement and value; building capabilities in the third sector; leadership across the third sector; changing dynamics of volunteering; the impact of volunteering on employability; the role and impact of the Big Lottery Fund in the third sector. Before joining TSRC, Angela was Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Angela is co-chair of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and moderator of its discussion list.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Geography), University of Wales Swansea
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (1st Class), University of Wales Swansea

Biography

Angela Ellis Paine is a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She has been involved in research on voluntary action for over twenty years, with a particular interest in volunteering and participation. Angela is currently co-investigator on two studies exploring different aspects of voluntary action, both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Discourses of Voluntary Action study is exploring the debates that have taken place on the role, position and contribution of voluntary action in the provision of welfare in the 1940s and 2010s. It is comparing and contrasting public, political and voluntary sector discourses at these two transformational moments in the welfare state. Change in the Making is a qualitative, longitudinal study of change within the voluntary sector. It is exploring how change happens, is contested, experienced and understood within voluntary organisations. Running over 3.5 years the project provides a unique, longitudinal, qualitative evidence base on change in the making within the third sector. 

Recently completed projects include a National Institute for Health Research funded study of the profile, role, patient experience and community value of community hospitals. Angela led on the qualitative research for the study, particularly focusing on issues of community engagement and value. After the initial research was complete, Angela was co-investigator on an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant, working closely with the Community Hospital Association to ensure that the research findings were widely disseminated and made use of at a local and national level. Other research project completed since being at TSRC, including a study of building capabilities in the third sector for the Big Lottery Fund; leadership across the third sector; changing dynamics of volunteering; the impact of volunteering on employability; the role and impact of the Big Lottery Fund in the third sector; and an evaluation of an Age UK initiative to involve volunteers in supporting older people to maximise their use of personal budgets. Angela is committed to ensuring that research is useful for voluntary sector practitioners, and has a positive impact on policy and practice. Where possible, her research adopts a broadly participatory approach.  

Before joining TSRC, Angela was Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, where she led a team of researchers exploring different aspects of volunteering. While at IVR Angela undertook numerous studies of volunteering, worked closely with a range of stakeholders to support knowledge exchange activities, and was involved in evaluations of international, national and local volunteering initiatives for government departments, a diverse range of charities, and private and public sector organisations. 

Angela is co-chair of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, the membership body for those with an interest in voluntary sector and volunteering research. As part of this role, she is part of the organising committee for the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research conference and moderator of its discussion list. 

Angela currently teaches on the Third Sector in Social Policy module within the Social Policy MA. She has previously taught on a second year module – Volunteering and Social Policy.

Postgraduate supervision

Aangea is interested in supervising PhDs which focus on volunteering, participation and change within voluntary action

Doctoral research

PhD title
Power and Exclusion in Rural Community Development: The case of LEADER II in Wales (ESRC funded)

Research

Third Sector Research Centre

2017-    Discourses of voluntary action at two transformational moments of the welfare state, the 1940s and 2010s, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (Co-I)

2016- Change in the Making: exploring the dynamics of change within the voluntary sector, ESRC (Co-I)

2015-19  Community Hospitals: Exploring profile, patient experience, community engagement and community value, National Institute of Health Research

2014 Changing landscapes of the third sector: Secondary analysis of qualitative longitudinal data on volunteering, ESRC 

2014 Building capabilities in the voluntary and community sector, Big Lottery Fund (Co-I)

2012-2014  Evaluating ‘Maximising Older People’s Use of Personal Budgets’ volunteering initiative, Age UK

2013 Exploring issues of third sector leadership, leverage and legitimacy, TSRC

2012-2013 Evaluation of v’s Cashpoint programme for youth volunteering, v

2011 Understanding the role and impact of the Big Lottery Fund in the third sector, BLF

Institute for Volunteering Research

2009    Pathways through Participation, Big Lottery Fund

2008  Review of volunteering and its support in London, LDA

2007-2008 National survey of volunteer management capacity, Capacity Builders

2006-2007 Developing a volunteering strategy for the National Offenders Management Service, Home Office

2006-2008  National survey of volunteering and charitable giving, The Cabinet Office

2006  Review of the impact of the International Year of Volunteers 2001, 5 years on, United Nations Volunteers

2003-2006  Evaluation of Unlocking the Potential project, The Wildlife Trust

2003-2005        Evaluation of the BBC Neighbourhood Gardeners pilot scheme, BBC

2002-2005        Evaluation of the Active Citizens in Schools programme, DfES

2001-2004         Volunteering and social exclusion, Community Fund

 

2001                     Evaluation of the United Nations International Year of Volunteers 2001

Other activities

Co-chair of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (https://www.vssn.org.uk/)

Chair Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research organising committee 

Publications

Ellis Paine, A., Kamerāde, D., Mohan, J. and Davidson, D. (2019, forthcoming) ‘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

Ellis Paine, A. and Macmillan, R. (2019) Telling tales of commissioning: Insights from a qualitative longitudinal study of third sector organisations, TSRC Working Paper 145, TSRC: Birmingham.

Davidson D., Ellis Paine A., Glasby J., Williams I., Tucker H., Crilly T., Crilly, J., Le Mesurier, N., Mohan, J., Kamerade, D., Seamark, D., and Marriott, J. (2019) ‘Analysis of the profile, characteristics, patient experience and community value of community hospitals: a multimethod study’ Health Serv Deliv Res 2019;7(1).

Seamark, D., Davidson, D., Ellis Paine, A. Glasby, H., and Tucker, H. (2019) The changing role of GP clinicians working in community hospitals, British Journal of General Practice 2019, 69

Seamark, D., Davidson, D., Ellis-Paine, A., Glasby, J. and Tucker, H. (2019) Factors affecting the changing role of GP clinicians in community hospitals: a qualitative interview study in England. British Journal ofGeneral Practice

Macmillan, R., and Ellis Paine, A. (2018) ‘Real time change: Reflections from qualitative longitudinal research on voluntary action’ in McCabe, A. (ed) Ten years below the radar: Reflections on voluntary and community Action, 2008-2018, TSRC Working Paper 143.

Dayson, C., Ellis Paine, A., Macmillan, R. and Sanderson, E. (2017) ‘Third sector capacity building: the institutional embeddedness of supply’ Voluntary Sector Review 8(2) pp.149-168.

Ellis Paine, A., Hrafnsdottir, S., Kang, C-H., Kundzina-Zwejniec, L., Rehnborg, S-J., Silva, K., and Horton-Smith, D. (2016) ‘Traditional Philanthropic Volunteering’ chp 17, pp369-392 in Horton-Smith, D., Stebbins, R. and Grotz, J. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations Volume 1, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Ellis Paine, A., and Hill, M. (2016) ‘The engagement of volunteers in third sector organsaitions delivering public services’ chpt 7, pp.127-148 in Rees, D. and Mullins, D. (eds) The third sector delivering public services, Policy Press: Bristol.

Kamerāde, D. and Ellis Paine, A. (2014) ‘Volunteering and employability: implications for policy and practice’ Voluntary Sector Review 5(2) pp.259-274.

Ellis Paine, A. with Taylor, R., Needham, C., Littlechild, R. and Buckingham, H. (2014) ‘Maximising older people’s personal budget use: Project evaluation report’ TSRC Research Report 128.

Macmillan, R. and Ellis Paine, A. (2014) ‘Building capabilities in the voluntary sector: What the evidence tells us’ TSRC Research Report 125

Buckingham, H., Ellis Paine, A., Macmillan, R., Alcock, P. and Kendall, J. (2014) Who’s speaking for whom? Exploring issues of third sector leadership, leverage and legitimacy, TSRC Working Paper 121, TSRC: Birmingham.  

Ellis Paine, A., Moro, D. and  McKay, S. (2013) Does volunteering improve employability? Insights from the British Household Panel Survey and beyond, Voluntary Sector Review 4(3) pp.355-376.

Ellis Paine, A., Taylor, R. and Alcock, P. (2012) Wherever there is money there is influence: Exploring BIG’s impact on the third sector, TSRC Working Paper 75, TSRC:  Birmingham.

Ellis Paine, A., N. Ockenden and J. Stuart (2010) Volunteers in Hybrid Organizations: A marginalised majority? in D. Billis (ed) Hybrid Organizations and the Third Sector: Challenges for practice, theory and policy, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. 

Rochester, C., Ellis Paine, A. and Howlett, S. (2010) Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Ellis Paine, A., Hill, M. and Rochester, C. (2010) ‘A rose by any other name…’ Revisiting the ‘what exactly is volunteering’ question, IVR ‘Back to Basics’ Working Paper Series: Paper One: London.

Ellis Paine, A., Kendall, J. and Baglioni, S. (2009) ‘The United Nation’s International Year of Volunteers: A significant non-EU transnational initiative for European Countries? Chp 15 in J. Kendall (ed) Handbook on Third Sector Policy in Europe: Multi-level processes and organized civil society, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

Machin, J. and Ellis Paine, A. (2008) Management Matters: A national survey of volunteer management capacity, Institute for Volunteering Research: London.

Machin, J. and A. Ellis Paine (2008) Managing for Success: Volunteers’ views on their involvement and support, Institute for Volunteering Research: London.

Ellis Paine, A., Malmersjo, G. and Stubbe, W. (2007) ‘Kortdurend Vrijwilligerswerk: Zegen of vloek?’ [Short-term Volunteering: A curse or a blessing?]. In: Vrijwillige Inzet Onderzocht [Voluntary Effort Studied], Vol 4, supplement, pp. 101-110.

Low, N., Butt, S., Ellis Paine, A. and Davis Smith, J. (2007) Helping Out: A national study of volunteering and charitable giving, Cabinet Office: London.

Ellis, A. (2005) ‘Messy Methodologies, Processes and Issues: Exploring some of the realities of undertaking qualitative research’ pp.24-31 in Alcock, P. and Scott, D. (eds) Close Work: Doing qualitative research in the voluntary sector, CAF: West Malling.

Davis Smith, J., A. Ellis and G. Brewis (2005) ‘Cross-National Volunteering: A developing movement?’ in Brudney, J. (ed) Emerging Areas of Volunteering ARNOVA Occasional Paper Series 1(2) ARNOVA: Indianapolis.

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