The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) was set up in 1997 to undertake high quality research on volunteering.

It started out as a department of Volunteering England in 1997, became part of the research department of NCVO in 2013 and moved to the University of East Anglia in 2019. During the last twenty years, IVR has played a leading role in applied volunteering research involving volunteer organisations, the public sector, private sector and the government.

The new home for the IVR in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) helps flag the notable contribution of millions of volunteers in today’s health and social services in the UK.

IVR’s mission is to support and undertake high quality volunteering research to bring about a world in which the power and energy of volunteering and the difference volunteering and volunteering research make to individuals and communities is well understood, so that individuals can be confident and feel safe about their decision to volunteer and communities grow stronger.


Podcast: Volunteering Across the UK During the Pandemic

In this podcast by the Eastern Arc, about what we can learn about Voluntary action and Covid-19, you will hear from Jurgen Grotz, the Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at the University of East Anglia; Eddy Hogg,  a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent; Ewen Speed, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Essex; and Irene Hardill, the principal investigator for the project and Professor of Public Policy at Northumbria University.