About the research
Research by CCSE members examines a range of contemporary issues relating to voluntary action and activism, including opportunities and challenges associated with efforts to achieve social justice. A particular focus is research to assess the implications of government policies (such as austerity measures and the privatisation of welfare and criminal justice work) for voluntary organisations and the marginalised groups they work with. This research also asks critical questions about the relationship between the state, market and the third sector, including the emergence of a penal third sector.
The Voluntary Action and Third Sector Responses Research Group is based within the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion. Recent work draws on social policy and voluntary sector studies to examine the implications of social policy for voluntary organisations and for marginalised groups.
Policy change and smaller voluntary organisations
A project by Lindsey Metcalf examines the experiences of volunteers serving as board members in smaller, local voluntary organisations. It assesses how policy developments (such as austerity and the outsourcing of public service delivery) affect voluntary board members and their organisations. Data collection was funded by the ESRC and Liverpool John Moores University.
A project by Lindsey Metcalf (LJMU) and Louise Hardwick (University of Liverpool) explores the impact of community-university collaborations organised through the charity Interchange. It considers the knowledge needs of small voluntary organisations and explores the potential of participatory action research projects to support voluntary organisations in a context of austerity and policy change. The work has received financial support from Interchange and the University of Liverpool.
PhD research projects
Jordan Griffiths (2019) The experience of social policy reform for voluntary advice organisations: A multi-site case study in Liverpool. (PhD supervised by Dr Peter Millward and Dr Lindsey Metcalf).
To find out more or contact the researchers within the Voluntary Action and Third Sector Responses Research Group explore the LJMU staff profiles below: