CRESR

CRESR Seminar: Reflections on the geographical distribution of third sector organisations

Start date: 
Wed, 02/04/2014
Closing date: 
Wed, 02/04/2014
Venue: 
Stoddart 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Speaker
David Clifford - University of Southampton

Abstract

Recently available data have started to make possible, for the first time, empirical work on the geographical distribution of voluntary organisations. Literature suggests that individual voluntary organisations have largely developed on an ad hoc basis, as innovators develop their ideas into collective action. However, ad hoc is not the same as random. On the contrary, this paper argues that at the aggregate level social context systematically structures the geographical distribution of voluntary organisations. This is illustrated with two pieces of empirical work. First, examining the geographical distribution of voluntary organisations operating within the UK, systematic variations according to deprivation point to the importance of resources for sustaining collective action. Second, examining patterns in the country of operation of UK voluntary organisations working overseas, systematic variations point to the importance of historical connections between the UK and other countries (material, infrastructural, ideological, cultural, and linguistic).

Biography

David Clifford is a Lecturer in Demography at the University of Southampton. He is a quantitative social scientist. Much of his recent work, with the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), has explored patterns in the spatial distribution of voluntary organisations working within the UK. He is currently researching, as part of an ESRC funded project, patterns in the country of operation of UK voluntary organisations working overseas.

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