2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

This is the leading UK-based interdisciplinary research conference for academics, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in voluntary organisations and volunteering. It is an opportunity to share research and network across different contexts, countries and different parts of the UK.

Dates 7-8 September 2017
Location Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham

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The plan for this year

In 2017 NCVO, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) are again working in partnership to organise the event.

We are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers this year:

  • Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent (Day 1)
  • Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales (Day 2)

Over two days, there will be a mix of plenary sessions, paper sessions and workshops. Parallel sessions for new researchers will run alongside the main conference programme. There will also be the opportunity to socialise informally with other delegates.

At the conference’s closing plenary, a distinguished panel of guests will discuss achievements and future research directions.


View this year’s draft conference programme (pdf, 200KB). This draft programme is subject to change.


The themes for this year’s conference are:

  • civil society, democracy and grassroots voluntary action
  • volunteering, participation and social action
  • sectoral boundaries: private-voluntary-public sector relations 
  • funding, fundraising and philanthropy
  • organisational management and governance, including regulation and charity law
  • historical perspectives on the voluntary sector and voluntary action
  • advances in theory and methods.


The full price list is below.

NCVO members and VSSN members

BookingStandard rates
Both days £296
One day only
(7 or 8 September)


BookingStandard rates
Both days £384
One day only
(7 or 8 September)

A formal three course dinner on the first night of the conference (Thursday 7 September) can be booked at an additional cost of £35 per person. To book your place at the dinner, please select this option on your booking form.

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Present your research

The call for papers is now closed.

If you have submitted a proposal, we should have contacted you to inform you of the outcome of your submission. If you have not heard from us, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If your proposal is accepted you will still need to book and pay for a place at the conference. We will be in touch to arrange your payment.

The Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize

Each year NCVO awards a prize for the best paper submitted to the main conference, in memory of the late president of NCVO’s advisory board.

The prize will go to the paper that best meets the criteria of:

  • research quality
  • relevance to practice or policy
  • accessibility of style and approach.

New researchers

The call for papers for the new researchers session has now closed.

A special series of parallel sessions, led by VSSN and IVR, will be run as part of the conference for new researchers. Attendance is subsidised.

This offer is intended for early career researchers in the field, whether postgraduate students or researchers in the voluntary sector. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet, discuss research and share ideas with other new researchers and to present your research in a supportive setting.

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