My research interests focus on the organisation, management and effectiveness of voluntary and community
organisations (also known as ‘VCOs’, ‘third sector organisations’, ‘nonprofits’ or ‘NGOs’). Topics
of particular interest to me include:
- trustee boards, committees and governance structures
- the impact of public policy on the management of VCOs;
- organisational change in the VCO sector;
- the organisation
of religious and faith based groups and congregations;
- management of
- bridge-building between religious and ethnic groups;
and partnerships within the voluntary sector and across the voluntary/governmental sector boundaries;
- social responsibility
activities linking businesses and VCOs;
- organisation of local community associations;
- Olympics volunteering; and
- local government
involvement in volunteer management.
My teaching in recent years has mostly been at postgraduate
and post-experience levels. Courses and topics covered have included: voluntary sector organisation; working across
sectoral boundaries; organisational change management; social research methods; social policy; and corporate social responsibility;
as well as supervision of doctoral students.
I am a member of the Higher Education Academy.
I have been external examiner for doctoral theses at: Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; University of Sydney, Australia;
Warwick University, England; London School of Economics, England; Stirling University, Scotland; Trinity College, Dublin,
Ireland; Birmingham University, England; Rhodes University, South Africa; Sheffield Hallam University, England; Liverpool
University, England; University
of Canterbury, New Zealand.