Research

Nick Ockenden, Head of Research

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Nick leads the work of the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR). He is particularly interested in volunteering in small, community organisations and environmental and conservation volunteering.

Nick has worked on a range of evaluation projects (English Heritage, Natural History Museum, vInspired), volunteering strategies (National Offender Management Service, Northern Ireland government), sector-wide reviews of volunteering (Natural England) and studies into volunteering behaviour and impact (Volunteering Hub, Capacity Builders). 

Nick has worked at GreenSpace, an environmental charity working with parks and green spaces throughout the UK. He is a board member of the Social Research Association and a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University. He has been with IVR since 2005.

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Jurgen Grotz, Research Manager, IVR

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Jurgen GrotzJurgen is responsible for the high quality and timely delivery of projects. Through research and evaluations in the UK, Germany and China, Jurgen gained more than 25 years' experience as a social policy researcher and project manager, with a particular interest in community action, disability issues, volunteering, participation and engagement. He has in depth knowledge of the voluntary sector both in theory and practice.

Jurgen is a visiting research fellow at the University of East Anglia. He has been IVR’s research manager for three years.

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Veronique Jochum, Research Manager

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Veronique Jochum manages NCVO's research programme on voluntary sector trends and civil society issues. These include funding, workforce and social action.

Prior to joining NCVO, Veronique worked for management consultancy firms in Paris and London.

She sits on the steering group of The Stone Space and volunteers for Carefree Kids.

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Andy Curtis, Senior Research Officer, IVR

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Andy is working on the Big Lottery Fund research project Volunteering for Stronger Communities, and the evaluation of the vCashpoint programme delivered by vInspired.

He  conducted research on homeless young people’s experience of education and work for the charity Centrepoint and led evaluations of government grant and empowerment programmes at the Community Development Foundation. 

Andy has worked in research roles in the education and voluntary sectors for over ten years. He looked at the student experience at Southampton Solent University and Roehampton University, and while at the Institute of Education examined education-focused projects funded by the Sutton Trust. 

He completed his PhD in 2007. His thesis explored the concept of social capital and its relationship with civic engagement. He joined IVR in 2012.

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Joanna Stuart, Senior Research Officer, IVR

Joanna Stuart

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Joanna leads IVR’s work on volunteering impact assessment, impact evaluations, and providing support to organisations to assess the difference volunteers make. She is also interested in volunteer management and youth engagement. Joanna has undertaken research projects and evaluations with Crisis, City Year UK, the National Trust, the Natural History Museum and the National Offender Management Service.

Previously she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where she researched social exclusion. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Volunteer Administration (IJOVA). Joanna joined IVR in 2005.

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Matthew Hill, Senior Research Officer, IVR

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Matt is focussing on a two year project exploring volunteer management in palliative care funded by Dimbleby Cancer Care and Marie Curie Cancer Care. He is also involved in the evaluation of City Year London and the International Citizen Service pilot.

Matt is working towards his PhD at Northumbria University exploring issues of power in voluntary organisations that deliver public services. Professor Irene Hardill and Nick Ockenden are supervising this PhD. Matt has worked at IVR since 2008.

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Gareth Lloyd, Research Officer, IVR

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Gareth works to extract information and guidance for the voluntary sector from a Nesta-funded Innovation project. He is also working on the European Commission funded project REVEAL to develop multilingual self-assessment and training materials for the voluntary sector.

He worked on health services research in the London Ambulance Service, and before joining IVR introduced a knowledge bank of research and evidence-based practice at a small charity. Gareth's academic background is in cognitive and health psychology. His PhD, completed at UCL's Health Behaviour Research Centre, assessed young women's attitudes towards the HPV vaccination. Gareth started with IVR in 2013.

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Marc Lawson, Research Data Assistant

marc lawsonMarc helps maintain the UK Civil Society Almanac database and works on other data-related projects in the research team. He has previously worked for SANDS as a database administrator and as a service administrator for the Disability and Dyslexia service at the University of the Arts London. Marc has also been employed in the technology sector as a support technician for an educational software company (Firefly Learning).

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