About us

VSSN is about…

  • promoting understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research
  • providing a voice and a meeting place for voluntary sector researchers in the UK

VSSN functions to promote the advancement of knowledge about, and understanding of, organisations between the market and the state. It provides a virtual and actual meeting point for scholars and researchers both outside and within the voluntary (third or non-profit) sector(s), with a shared analytic interest in this set of institutions. It is multidisciplinary, seeking to engage economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, policy analysts and others. It aspires to a UK wide focus.

We are a membership organisation delivering a wide range of benefits to members and others. Our steering group members can be viewed here.

Our next event

Our next event will be an e conference to be held on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September with the title of ‘Times Like These: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from COVID-19’.   See our news pages for more information.

The conference originally planned to be held at Aston University this September is now planned for September 2021, still at Aston and will still feature speaker, Angela Eikenberry.

The posponed day seminar Volunteering in Health and Social Care to have been held on Tuesday 19th May at the  University of East Anglia will be held later this year, hopefully in November in place of the usual autumn day seminar.    Plans will depend upon circumstances and the Steering Group will keep news updated as soon as they have some.