During the duration of the project, people contacted us from a range of different countries about what we were doing and our publications. And international interest has continued.
Nick at IVR wrote a paper with Irene Hardill, from Northumbria University, for the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers that took place in New York in February.
The paper called ‘Creating space for voluntary action: understanding unpaid voluntary work in distressed communities in the UK’ is based on the Pathways findings and research carried out by Irene also using life story interviews. It looks at the Big Society agenda and government’s ambitions to increase volunteer involvement in public service delivery and explores the likely impact on gender roles within the home and informal care within communities.
For a copy of the paper, please contact Nick directly.
In July, Ellie will be presenting the Pathways findings at the 10th international conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) in Siena. She will be presenting her paper ‘Narratives of active citizenship: how people become and stay involved in different types of participation over their lifetime’ as part of a panel session on the role of the third sector in building and facilitating active citizenship. The other presenters for the session are Marilyn Taylor (who chaired the Pathways advisory group), Sue Kenny and Jenny Onyx (both from Australia).