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2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference: Call for Papers

Information is now available about the 2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, organised jointly by VSSN, NCVO and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR).

The conference will be held in Nottingham on 7th and 8th September.

The call for papers is now open and will close on 2nd May 2016.

You can find out more about the conference, its themes and how to submit a paper from our events page.

Further information will follow shortly about opportunities at the conference specifically for new and early-career researchers.

Voluntary Sector Review: Call for Editor and Practice Editor

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and Policy Press invite applications for two positions on the Editorial team of Voluntary Sector Review:

  • Editor, from January 2018 to December 2020
  • Practice Editor, from summer 2017 to 2020

Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) is a journal with a growing international profile that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice.

The new journal Editor will join the current team of two Editors: Rob Macmillan (University of Birmingham) and Nick Acheson (Ulster University and Trinity College, University of Dublin).

The new Practice Editor will replace a current Practice Editor, and will focus on editing practice-oriented papers.

Both postholders will work closely with the VSR Editorial Management Board and Policy Press.

Full text of the Call for Editor can be downloaded here.

Full text of the Call for Practice Editor can be downloaded here.

Cast your VSSN vote!

Elections are now open for the following:

  • three places on the Steering Group of VSSN
  • two places on the Editorial Management Board of VSSN’s journal, Voluntary Sector Review

The elections are open between 24th October and 7th November, and all current members of VSSN have a vote.

Members will receive an email with a link to a Survey Monkey page where they can vote. If you are a current VSSN member but do not receive this email please contact

The candidate statements for the Steering Group can be downloaded here.

The candidate statements for the Editorial Management Group can be downloaded here.

The results will be announced at the VSSN Annual General Meeting held as part of the seminar on 22nd November at the University of Birmingham, and posted on the VSSN website.

Call for nominations and volunteers

Would you like to support the work of VSSN? Do you have ideas about you’d like to see VSSN develop?

If so, please consider nominating yourself for a place on either or both of:

  • the VSSN Steering Group
  • the Editorial Management Board of Voluntary Sector Review, the journal produced by VSSN with Policy Press

It is a self-nomination process; you do not need to be nominated by someone else.

Simply complete the VSSN Steering Group nomination form and/or the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Management Board nomination form and return to the VSSN office by 21st October at the latest.

You must be a paid-up member of VSSN by 24th October in order to nominate yourself.  New members are welcome!

More information about the roles and the election process here. We look forward to receiving your nomination.

Bookings open – Youth social action: What do we know about young people’s participation?

VSSN is holding its next day conference on 22nd November 2016 at the University of Birmingham.

The theme is ‘Youth social action: What do we know about young people’s participation?’ and the five papers being presented explore subjects such as the National Citizenship Service, young feminist online activism, alienation and transition.

Visit our event page for the full programme including abstracts and speaker biographies.

Booking deadline: 8th November

New Issue of Voluntary Sector Review available

The July 2016 issue of Voluntary Sector Review can be found on our journal page including links to abstracts of the articles. 

A print copy of Voluntary Sector Review is a benefit of being a member of VSSN.  You can find details of other benefits and how to join here.

Policy Press are also promoting a free article for July.  This is : “From ‘contractors to the state’ to ‘protectors of public value’? Relations between non-profit housing hybrids and the state in England” by David Mullins and Tricia Jones (Vol 6, No. 3. November 2015)