Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2019

Tue, 10 Sep 2019

0:00 - 16:00


This year’s VSSN / NCVO’s research conference – on 10th/11th September at Aston University in Birmingham – will build on ongoing debates about how civil society can be at the heart of the changes needed to ensure that all communities can thrive. These debates present opportunities and challenges for civil society actors and for research undertaken on, with and for them, many of which will be explored through the conference. Full conference details are available here. Highlights in this years’ programme include:

An opening plenary in which the architects of two civil society reports – Julia Unwin and Danny Kruger – will discuss their visions for the future of civil society and consider the implications for research

A plenary panel of three civil society leaders and policy makers – Andrew Purkis, Debra Allcock Tyler, and Alice Wilcock – will provide some personal reflections on the future of civil society

A World Café session on the future of civil society research, during which participants will have an opportunity to meet and share ideas with new and experienced researchers in their field, developing social and professional networks and agendas for future research. The session will be framed by presentations by Rob Macmillan and Caroline Fiennes.

Six parallel sessions of papers, panels and workshops across the ten core Conference Streams

The largest ever New Researchers session, with 20 participants from a range of institutions and disciplines


If you would like to book at stand within the exhibition these are available to delegates at £100 each. Each exhibitor will have the use of a dressed table and will be invited to contribute a paragraph about their stand and their logo for inclusion in the conference programme. All stand holders must register as delegates. To book a stand please email VSSN2019@aston.ac.uk


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