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Professor Irene Hardill

Professor of Public Policy

Department: Social Sciences

Irene’s research is concerned with volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, demography and ageing, and knowledge exchange

Irene joined Northumbria University in September 2010 as Professor of Public Policy.  Prior to that she was Professor in the Graduate School, Business, Law and Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University. She has a particular expertise in volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, demography and ageing, and knowledge exchange. Her current research is supported by a grant from the ESRC and the British Academy. She is also completing an evaluation for  ESRC of two of their civil society investments.

In addition to managing an extensive list of ESRC-funded projects she has managed projects from other sponsors including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, AgeUK and Age Concern England, the English Regions Network, the Canadian High Commission, and the French Government.

Over the years her research has explored the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid and unpaid in the home and in the community. 

She has written 8 books, 15 chapters in edited books; edited 8 special issues of peer-reviewed journals, published 63 journal articles and 36 reports, a total of 122 publications.

She currently leads a major ESRC-funded study ‘Discourses of Voluntary Action at two ‘Transformational Moments’ of the Welfare State, the 1940s and 2010s

Qualifications

University of Newcastle upon Tyne Ph.D (1984) Geography (SSRC quota award)

University of Wales MA (1980) Geography

University of Hull P.G.C.E. (1974) Geography

University College of Swansea, BA (1972). Geography 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

In addition to managing an extensive list of ESRC-funded projects she has managed projects from other sponsors including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, AgeUK and Age Concern England, the English Regions Network, the Canadian High Commission, and the French Government.

Over the years her research has explored the changing world of work through the many meanings of work, paid and unpaid in the home and in the community. 

She has written 8 books, 15 chapters in edited books; edited 8 special issues of peer-reviewed journals, published 63 journal articles and 36 reports, a total of 122 publications.

She currently leads a major ESRC-funded study ‘Discourses of Voluntary Action at two ‘Transformational Moments’ of the Welfare State, the 1940s and 2010s

Irene is interested in supervising students on projects involving qualitative research methods in the fields of household decision-making, and volunteering and paid work.

Projects in the following fields are particularly welcome:

The meanings and motives for work (paid and unpaid work, including voluntary work)

Working in the voluntary and community sector (paid or unpaid work) 

Sponsors and Collaborators

2017-19 ESRC Hardill, I. (PI) with Brewis, G; Ellis Paine, A; Lindsey, R., and Macmillan, R Discourses of Voluntary Action at two 'Transformational Moments' of the Welfare State, the 1940s and 2010s (ES/N018249/1)

2017 ESRC Evaluation of Civil Society Investments (Third Sector Research Centre and Centre for Philanthropy and Charitable Giving)

2016  British Academy: Language Mapping (CoI)

2014-19 BA Infrastructure project on Digitising Voluntary and Community Sector Archives (with Dr Georgina Brewis, IOE, NCVO and British Library)

2013 ESRC Festival of Social Science Older Citizen’s as Community Builders.

2013-15 ESRC Future Leaders Award, 'European, Ethnic and Expatriate: A Longitudinal Comparison of German and British Social Networking and Associational Formations in Modern-day AsiaPI Dr Tanja Bueltmann (mentor) (see http://www.ethnicandexpatriate.co.uk/researchers.html)

2011 – 2012  ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), Networks for Methodological Innovation, Dancing with new partners: developing novel research methods to establish and monitor impacts of user engagement in times of austerity Principal Investigator

2012 Evaluation of ESRC Follow On Scheme (Principal Investigator, with P Biddle, O Moss)

ESRC/SFC Process and Impact Review (2009-11) Engaging with Scottish Local Authorities Scheme Principal Investigator, (RES809190022).

SUS-IT: Sustaining IT use by older people to promote autonomy and independence, ESRC RES-353250008, 2009-12, Co-applicant £1.1million

Current/Recent Projects

 'Can't we leave it to volunteers? Changing relationships between professionals and volunteers in care and welfare'. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 637,680 euros,  2013-4 Hardill international expert advisor to a research team from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam PIs WGJ Duyvendak and E H Tonkens

Older Citizen's as Community Builders, ESRC (£1618). PI

'European, Ethnic and Expatriate: A Longitudinal Comparison of German and British Social Networking and Associational Formations in Modern-day Asia ESRC Future Leaders Award, 2013-5 PI Dr Tanja Bueltmann £234,810 (Hardill named mentor) (see http://www.ethnicandexpatriate.co.uk/researchers.html)

Evaluation of ESRC Follow On Scheme, ESRC, 2012, Hardill, Principal Investigator (PI, CoI P Biddle, O Moss) £20k

National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), Networks for Methodological Innovation, 'Dancing with new partners: developing novel research methods to establish and monitor impacts of user engagement in times of austerity' 2011-12  Principal Investigator (£21,608.10).

Series of six Public Policy Seminars, co-delivered by ESRC, Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at Northumbria University on volunteering, ESRC, 2011-13 Hardill PI.

SUS-IT: Sustaining IT use by older people to promote autonomy and independence New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, 2009-12, £1.102 million,
(Hardill CoI; PI Prof Leela Damadoran, Loughborough University).  Hardill responsible for the work package 'Facilitating Participation' which involved researchers at three universities (RES 35325008).

ESRC/SFC Process and Impact Review (2009-11) Engaging with Scottish Local Authorities Scheme (over £30k) (RES809190022). Principal Investigator with Co-Investigator Dr Sue Baines (MMU).

Derbyshire County Council Cotmanhay Cluster Innovation Project: Engaging Parents Cotmanhay Schools 2010 (£5k) (Hardill PI, CoIs T Burnett,  and H. Mackenzie)

ESRC Festival of Social Science 'How to improve everyday life: getting connected to public services' 2010 (2k), an event linked to the Sus-It NDA project.

Re-mixing the economy of welfare: what is emerging beyond the market and the state, (RES451260495) ESRC Seminar Series 2008-10, ESRC £14k, (Hardill CoI; PI Dr Sue Baines, Manchester Metropolitan University).

Older people and Village Services Age Concern East, East Midlands and West Midlands, 2007-8, (24k) (Hardill PI, CoI Professor Peter Dwyer, York University)

Key Publications

Journal articles: 

Hall, K and Hardill I (2016) Retirement Migration, The ‘Other’ Story:  Caring for Frail Elderly  British Citizens in Spain Ageing and Society 36,3, 562-85

Woolvin, M., Mills, S., and Hardill, I. (2015) Devolved responses to national challenges? Voluntarism and devolution in England, Wales and Scotland Geographical Journal as part of special issue  ‘Devolution and the Geographies of Policy’181,1:38-46

Hogg, E., Hardill, I., and  Ramsey, J. (2014) Co-producing knowledge: reflections on the benefits and challenges of researching in partnership with voluntary sector organisations Voluntary Sector Review 5,3, 399-406

Hardill I and Mills S (2013) Enlivening evidence-based policy through embodiment and emotions, Contemporary Social Science 8,3,321-32

Cattan, M., Hogg, E. and Hardill, I. (2011) Review: Improving quality of life in ageing populations: What can volunteering do? Maturitas 70: 328– 332

Hardill, I. and Dwyer, P. (2011)Growing old in rural England: some challenges of delivering village services in the mixed economy of welfare paper Journal of Social Policy, 40.1: 157-72

Dwyer, P. and Hardill, I. (2011) Promoting social inclusion? The impact of village services on the lives of older people living in rural England Ageing and Society, 31:243-64

Hardill, I. and Baines, S. (2009) Active citizenship in later life: older adults in a deprived community Professional Geographer 61:1, 36-45.

Hardill, I. and Baines, S (2009) Personal reflections on Knowledge Transfer and changing UK research priorities 21st Century Society 4:1, 83-96

Baines, S and Hardill, I, (2008) ‘At least I can do something’: the work of volunteering in a community beset by worklessness’ Social Policy and Society 7(3)307-17

Hardill, I, Baines, S. and 6, P. (2007) Volunteering for all? Explaining patterns of volunteering and identifying strategies to promote it. Policy and Politics 2007, 35(3), 395-412 

Books:

Worth, N. and Hardill, I. (eds) (2015) Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences Bristol, Policy Press

Bannister J and Hardill, I (2014) Knowledge Mobilisation and the Social Sciences: dancing with new partners in an age of austerity, Routledge, London

Hardill, I. and Baines, S. (2011) Enterprising Care: Unpaid voluntary action in the 21st century Policy Press

Book chapters:

Wheatley, D., Lawton, C., and Hardill, I. (2017) Gender differences in paid and unpaid work in Craven, V., and Nachmias, S. (eds) Hidden inequalities in the workplace: a guide to the current challenges, issues and business solutions  https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319596853, pp.181-214

Hardill, I., Wheatley, D. (2017). Care and Volunteering: The Feel Good Samaritan? In Wheatley, D., Time Well Spent: Subjective Well-being and the Work-life Balance. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.  Pp 125-50

Hardill, I., and Monk, J.(2016) Lifecourse Methods in Editor-in-Chief Douglas Richardson, D., with Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Liu, W., Kobayashi, A., and Marston, M.  The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers. Published both in hard copy and online

 

Rees, P., and Hardill,  I. (2015) later-life and internal migration in (eds) Smith, D.P., Finney, N., Halfacree, K., and Walford. N. Internal migration: geographical perspectives and processes Ashgate Farnham, 129-48

Hardill, I (2015) the intergenerational helpdesk: encouraging ICT use in older adults in England Intergenerational Space Routledge, London, 273-85

Hardill, I and Wheatley, D.(2010) Dual Career Couples, Gender and Migration in Reuschke, D. (ed) Wohnen und Gender: theoretische, politische, sociale und räumliche aspekte Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 239-60.

Wheatley, D., Hardill, I. and Green A (2008) Mobile Work and Challenges for Public Policy in Hislop, D. Mobile Work and Technology London: Routledge, 227-40


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