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Volunteering, Citizenship & Civil Society

The Centre for International Development at Northumbria University is a leading global centre of expertise on Volunteering, Citizenship & Civil Society. Through global research projects, collaborations, partnerships and initiatives, staff at the Centre are actively engaged in building new knowledge of the roles and impacts of volunteers and civil society actors in humanitarian response, development work, cultural heritage, climate adaptation, activism and everyday lives.

In the links below you can find out more about some of our flagship projects, including research on volunteering by young refugees in Uganda and heritage of Afro-descendant-black women in Ecuador, as well as collaborative research with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). If you would like to get in touch to discuss our research in this area further, please contact Prof Matt Baillie Smith or Prof Katy Jenkins, co-Directors of the Centre for International Development.


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Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda

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Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies

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Blended Volunteering

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Harnessing Afro-Ecuadorian Women's Heritage

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