Current position

Research Fellow (NET COVID-19 Evaluation)
Nottingham Trent University

Research interests

I am a Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University, where I am currently working with a multi-disciplinary team on an ESRC funded evaluation of the UK’s National Emergencies Trust’s first activation in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. I have a PhD in Social Policy/ Sociology from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK and a MSc in Global Development Management from the Open University. Prior to joining NTU, I was a Research Associate at in School of Sociology Policy, Sociology & Social Research at the University of Kent. My research concentrates on gifting practices within in the not-for-profit sector and in smaller civil society organisations, with a focus on resource mobilisation and the labour and wider societal implications associated with such practices. My work has been published in the International Journal for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing and has been disseminated widely amongst practitioner audiences across the globe via various online courses and in my teaching. Prior to commencing my PhD, Lesley had a 15-year career as a fundraiser in South Africa and the UK. During this time, I worked both as sole fundraiser and part of large teams within the criminal justice sector (South Africa and UK), the arts and heritage sector (South Africa and UK), as well as social care and international development (UK).

Other voluntary sector involvement

Trustee, Beacon of Hope Youth Organisation Member, Institute of Fundraising

Contact details

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Websiteshttps://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/social-sciences/dr-lesley-alborough