International Society for Third Sector Research



ISTR's mission is to increase, share, and apply knowledge about the Third Sector in all countries of the world. To achieve this ISTR will:
- promote the development of high quality research and education internationally on Third Sector related issues, theories and politics;
- enhance the dissemination and application of knowledge about the Third Sector as widely as possible throughout the world;
- stimulate and facilitate collaborative research initiatives;
- broaden the participation of researchers in all parts of the world and in diverse disciplines;
- enable scholars and educators to keep abreast of rapid changes in the third sector and to be aware of best practices and available research;
- facilitate regional research networks that foster individual and institutional capacities for Third Sector research, education, and practical application.

Geographic Focus


Programme Areas

Biennial International Research Conferences;
Publish academic journal, Voluntas;
Hold regional network conferences 2015- Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Africa; Publish quarterly newsletter, Inside ISTR;
Biennial PhD Seminars;
Publish Working Paper Series (online)

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