Researching the Third Sector through Time: Methods, Ethics and Insights

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There is a growing interest in the use of qualitative longitudinal and life history methods in third sector research. Engaging qualitatively with time enables a more finely grained understanding of the dynamics of third sector organisations: their histories, their strategies for the future, and their journeys through a complex and rapidly changing policy landscape.

This seminar on 9 March 2011 brought together a number of funded projects using such methods to produce distinctive forms of knowledge on the third sector.

Speakers included Victoria Bell (Teeside), Sue Bond (Edinburgh Napier), Irene Hardill (Northumberland), David Lewis (LSE), and Rob Macmillan (Birmingham) and Zoe Munby (Home Start).

The event was hosted by the Timescapes Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative, in collaboration with the Third Sector Research Centre, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.