Below is some brief information on the international volunteering projects we are working on at the moment. If you would like to find out more about any of them, please do get in touch.
'More than the gap year': we are working on a book on international volunteering for Zed books - provisionally titled 'more than the gap year', due for completion in Spring 2015. Keep checking back as we may post thoughts and reflections as we write, and would welcome comments and feedback.
International volunteering, development and diaspora: working with VSO, who have supported the research, we are jointly supervising Nisha Thomas who is writing a PhD on the relationship between international volunteering and diaspora, based on fieldwork in Nepal and Nigeria. See Nisha's 'In search of a nigerian dream' response to Radio 4's Today programme commentary on Nigeria and the MINT economies here.
South South volunteering: we are currently undertaking research on the history and present of international volunteering between global South countries. This includes interviews and conversations with volunteers from countries in Latin America, South Asia and Africa
A geography of international volunteering: drawing on research in the UK, India, Latin America and Europe, we are writing a paper which explores some of the practices, experiences and activities that are marginalised in contemporary international volunteering research. See our working paper here.
Youth transitions, international volunteering and religious transformations research project: this study (with Professor Peter Hopkins (Newcastle - Project lead) and Elizabeth Olson (Chapel Hill)) explores the personal and religious transitions and transformations of young evangelical Christians who participate in faith-based volunteering projects in Latin America. By exploring the processes, religious spaces and experiences which are produced and constructed by young Christians, we aim contribute to understanding the role of international experience in shaping young people’s religious identities. Visit the project website here