Chair

Professor Arthur Williamson, BA,MA,Dip Soc Sc,M.Litt., PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Voluntary Action Studies at the University of Ulster from 2009. From 1995 he was the Founding Director of the Centre for Voluntary Action Studies, in Ulster’s School of Policy Studies. He is known internationally for his contributions to research, teaching and applied work in the field of voluntary action, and peace processes.

Recent projects led and managed include:

  • ‘The third sector and older people in Ireland, north and south: mapping and analyzing the roles, functions and capacity of voluntary and community organizations for old people’ (pdf) with Dr Nick Acheson and Brian Harvey.

  • ‘Two Paths: One Purpose -- Voluntary Action in Ireland, North and South’ (pdf) with Dr Acheson, Brian Harvey and Professor Jimmy Kearney.

  • Linked research interests include voluntary sector housing and sectoral development in rural areas. Professor Williamson is a longstanding member of the International Society for Third Sector Research, and the Association for Research into Nonprofit and Voluntary Action. In May 2009 he provided the closing keynote for the (UK) Voluntary Action Studies’ Research Conference, ‘National Contexts and the Development of Voluntary Action: the Republic of Ireland and the UK after a decade of devolution’.


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