Thursday, 26 January 2012

Upcoming events from TSRC

Beyond the Radar events

Happy New Year! TSRC has been running a series of events to examine how community groups can maximize their impact. As part of this 'Beyond the Radar' series, we will be holding three online discussions in January and February, and an event in April. Please join us in these conversations!

You can spread the word on twitter using #btr11

Online discussions:

Civil society beyond the radar

30 January 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm

How important are below the radar groups, how can their autonomy be maintained and what is the impact of current policy/recession/deficit reduction? Join us for this online discussion with Globalnet21. Panel members include David Taylor of Community Matters and TSRC researcher Angus McCabe.

More details on Globalnet21 website

Below the Radar and the unintended consequences of voluntary sector reconfiguration

1 February 2012, 2-4pm

How are small community groups being affected by wider changes within the voluntary sector? The panel will include the Big Lottery Fund, Community Development Foundation, Trust for London, and Barrow Cadbury Trust, along with TSRC. Online discussion will take place on this website.

More details on the btr11 website

Strengthening civil society through social media

28 February 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm

Can social networking help strengthen the influence of civil society groups?This discussion will be held by Globalnet21. The panel to include Joe Taylor, NATCAN and David Wilcox, Social Reporter.

More details on Globalnet21 website


Social networking below the radar: social media or action media?

4 April 2012, 1.30pm – 5pm

Big Lottery Fund, 1 Plough Place, EC4A 1DE

This event culminates the series of Beyond the Radar events. We invite those who have been involved in the BTR11 project, as well as anyone interested in below the radar, to evaluate the lessons of social media activity. What activities work for community groups? Can social media help them have a greater impact? After events during the Arab Spring, how can social media become ‘action media’?

The event will be held in partnership with Globalnet21 and hosted by the Big Lottery Fund. A networking lunch will be included. To register interest email Naomi:

ESRC Public Policy seminar series

Marrying scale and responsiveness

8 March 2011, 12 – 4.30pm


The next in a series of policy seminars from TSRC and the Economic and Social Research Council, this seminar will explore service delivery by third sector organisations. It will be held in association with ACEVO.

The seminar will address developments in policy and practice resulting from the Localism Bill, Commissioning Green Paper and the Public Services Reform White Paper. It will look at attempts to improve economic performance and efficiency through partnerships, improved supply chain management, spin-outs and co-production, examining the effect of these developments on third sector organisations and the services they deliver.

To register, email:

TSRC seminars

Southampton seminar series

Modelling volunteering types in the UK

26 January 2012, 12 noon

Frida Geyne Rajme and Peter Smith analyse statistics to explore characteristics of those most likely to volunteer.

Who cares for whom? Rural ageing, migration and networks of informal care

26 January 2012, 3pm

Alasdair Rutherford looks at how older people and their families make decisions about informal care.

Lunch will be provided for anyone attending both seminars.

Birmingham seminar series

Lost in translation? Understanding policy genesis: the example of the ‘Big Society’

1 February 2012, 12 - 1.30pm

James Rees explores how construction of the Big Society concept can be understood as a process of policy 'translation'.

Unsubordinated collaboration between governments and NGOs in South Asia

6 March 2012, 12 - 1.30pm

Richard Batley looks at collaboration between governments and NGOs in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, questioning whether this leads to loss of autonomy and policy influence.

London seminar series

Amateur arts and civil society

21 March 2012, 2 - 3.30pm

Dr Jenny Phillimore from TSRC and Robin Simpson from Voluntary Arts look at the impact of grassroots arts groups. Research highlights the importance of grassroots arts activity for the health, happiness and well-being of individuals and communities.


VSSN Day Conference

23 May 2012, 10am - 4pm

The next VSSN day conference will be hosted by the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham.

more information

ISIRC 2012

12-14 September 2012

University of Birmingham, hosted by the Third Sector Research Centre.

In September 2012, TSRC will be hosting the 4th International Social Research Conference at the University of Birmingham. The call for papers is now open. Papers are welcome on all aspects of the voluntary sector/civil society/social entrepreneurship. More

All our research is available here. A full list of events is here

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