Nominations for Steering Group and Editorial Management Board


VSSN Steering Group elections 2019


This year there are three vacancies for the Steering Group.

The following VSSN members have put themselves forward for election.


Jane Cullingworth

Glasgow University


I have been involved in the Steering Group for the past three years and am keen to continue my involvement.  Over the past three years I have focused my contribution on supporting new researchers.  I co-chair the new researchers stream of the annual conference and host an email discussion list specifically for new researchers.  I love being involved in this aspect of VSSN’s work – I find it very rewarding and am keen to continue.  Over the past two years I have also taken on the role of Co-Chair, giving me experience in all aspects the VSSN’s work.

I bring a lot of enthusiasm to the role as well as good communication and organisational skills.  By virtue of the fact that I am based in Glasgow, I bring a Scottish perspective to VSSN, something I think is particularly important in a UK wide network.  I still consider myself new to academia even though I am close to finishing my PhD.  Prior to beginning my studies, I worked in the third sector for over 30 years in Canada and the UK.


Jurgen Grotz

Institute for Volunteering Research


I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the Director of the Institute of Volunteering Research there.   Born in Germany in 1963, I received my MA in 1992 for work on disability in China, and my PhD in 1996 from the University of London for my work on Chinese Braille.  I am an academic and practitioner with 25 years’ experience of applied research, working with volunteer-involving organisations, the market and the state.   I have been collaborating with colleagues in VSSN since 2008 in several ways and have presented at seven of its annual research conferences, and was discussant for the Early Researcher sessions at three of them.

I trust that my research focus on volunteering, civic participation and inclusion as well as the Institute for Volunteering Research’s multi disciplinary approach fit well with VSSN’s purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of organisations, the market and the state.

As Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research based at the University of East Anglia, I am now in a position to actively support the endeavours of VSSN in particular by promoting understanding  of the UK voluntary sector through research and by providing a voice and a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers and also co-developing scientifically robust ways to show the difference volunteering and volunteering research make, extending VSSN’s reach both nationally and internationally.

Vita Terry


I have over ten years of experience in the voluntary sector in various capacities, developing extensive expertise, and specialisms on asylum seekers and refugees, social change, organisational behaviour, small and medium-sized organisations, and service provision. I have demonstrated my commitment and passion towards the voluntary sector, completing both my Masters and PhD research on topical issues, acting as a trustee for a small charity supporting those living with HIV, and produced various documentaries on issues of social change. This also demonstrates the advantage of bringing a practitioner perspective as well as thinking about how to make academic research useful and useable for different audiences.

I have actively contributed to wider academia by peer reviewing articles for Voluntary Sector Review; coordinating a PhD writing retreat with Voluntary Sector Review; and organising a Voluntary Sector Studies Network day conference on diversity. This demonstrates that I have been proactive in instigating events to support others and to promote discussion on relevant issues.

 Since November, I have been co-opted as a steering group member for VSSN due to these previous achievements outlined above. I have found it to be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience and would like to continue in this role. I have proven I am a valuable member to the group, by actively taking part and inputting into discussion, and also co-writing (with Rob Macmillan) a proposal to set up a small grant scheme run by VSSN.


Caroline Walsh


Caroline has over 20 years experience in the volunteer sector ranging from volunteer to volunteer management and governance positions in number of charities and not for profits. She has over a decade experience of teaching and facilitating in higher education. Caroline’s passion, as well as a research focus, has been accessible travel and volunteering through tourism.

In the last 6 years and half years Caroline has been at the forefront of and active in local, regionally and national civic campaigning at all levels & in key roles. On the ground and online. Ongoing campaigning includes all transport accessibility, rail, disability awareness, greater inclusion in all levels of society, NHS and inclusive civic volunteering.

From 2000 -2013 Caroline was a key volunteer organiser for the annual national conference at London Zoo. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to facilitate dialogue between policy makers, campaigners, researchers, Non- Government Organisations and the General Public about the importance of reef conservation at a policy level, nationally and internationally. She still regularly arranges events in all her current volunteer roles.


VSSN Editorial Management Board election 2019

 This year there are two vacancies for the Editorial Management Board

The following VSSN members have put themselves forward for election.

Jurgen Grotz I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the Director of the Institute of for Volunteering Research there.  I am an academic and practitioner with 25 years’ experience of applied research, working with voluntary associations and volunteer involving  organisations, with a strong focus on participative approaches.  I have extensive experience of making research knowledge available  in accessible formats, engaging academic and non-academic communities.  I have, for example, contributed to IVR reports  such as ‘Exploring the Relationship between Volunteer Centres and local authorities’ and ‘A gateway to work’.  I have also provided a background paper to the project on ‘The State of World’s Volunteering Report 2011’ by the UN Volunteers and recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation and Nonprofit Associations, which had 200 contributors from 70 nations.  I am currently an Associate Editor of Voluntaristics Review and review contributions for peer reviewed journals, including VSR.

I trust that my experience in both academic and non academic publishing fits well with VSR’s ambition to reach a range of audiences including academic , policy and practice, nationally and internationally.  Furthermore my research interest of volunteering, civic participation, and inclusion fits well with VSR’s focus on the origins and nature of volunteering, the experiences of user groups and social activism.

I am particularly interested in increasing the range of disciplines publishing in VSR and trust that my interdisciplinary work at UEA, nationally and internationally, will support this endeavor.



University College, Cork

I have just completed three years on the VSR Editorial Management Board, during which I learned much about the operation of the journal, some of the challenges it faces and its potential into the future.  I hope I have also contributed in trying to develop it into a renown international journal.  I feel that a second term, would enable me play a bigger role in that regard.  In my view the journal needs to be developed into an internationally read and renown journal for it to become sustainable and relevant into the future.  I think that my experience working both inside and outside the UK would be a benefit.  I have been Programme Director for the Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management at University College Cork for the past 14 years and teach/ research in the area of social policy/community development. Previously I’ve lectured at Ulster University and Queens in Belfast.  I’ve had a lifetime of involvement in voluntary sector activity, in Ireland, North and South, in Welfare rights, Community Education, and with organisations like NICVA, NICAB, Community Technical Aid NI (of which I was a co-founder) and Community Work Ireland.  I have served on a number of Editorial Boards – e.g. Welfare Rights News (Belfast Law Centre), Just News (CAJ) and as Deputy Editor of SCOPE magazine (NICVA).  I currently peer-review for a number of international journals (including VSR) and ISTR.  I believe I can contribute a comparative international perspective to the journal, with an understanding of trends in policy and practice as well as experience in editing.


Joanne Vincett 

The Open University

As an early career researcher at the end of my doctoral studies at The Open University, I would like to serve on the VSR Editorial Management Board and help promote the VSSN and journal.

I bring to the VSR Editorial Management Board, my leadership and networking skills, commitment, attention to detail, and collaborative and supportive nature. I have six years of practitioner and volunteering experience leading teams and collaborating as a team member in charities/not-for-profits/NGOs in the West Indies, Switzerland, Austria, USA and UK, and three years of governance experience as a former trustee, responsible for fundraising, of Yarl’s Wood Befrienders in the UK.

In addition, I bring to the Board my enthusiasm for research and dissemination of voluntary sector studies and my reviewing and publishing experience. I have been a peer reviewer for Gender, Place and Culture (Taylor & Francis), Ethnography (Sage) and Journal of Organizational Ethnography (Emerald). I also have experience working with editorial teams from The Conversation, Discover Society, Journal of Organizational Ethnography and the book editors of Social Work with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants: Theory and Skills for Practice (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) where my research has been published (2017 to 2019).

My 2018 article in Journal of Organizational Ethnography was selected by the editors for the ‘Outstanding Paper Award’ for that year in the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence. I have also been the recipient of the ‘Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for Best Paper for New Researchers’ at the 2018 VSSN Conference.



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