Jurgen Grotz is Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at UEA. He is a social scientist and examines the significant benefits of volunteering. His largely interdisciplinary work has a strong focus on participative approaches and public engagement, working across the academic, public and voluntary and community sectors. He has recently co-edited the prestigious Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations.
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 can grow stronger. It seeks scientific evidence to understand what volunteering means, for example, in terms of public health, democratic participation, public service reform, involvement and community cohesion.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Benefits of Volunteering
University of London: Ph.D., Sinology 1996
Philipps University: M.A., Sinology 1992
The changing landscape of public service delivery systems for disabled people in China: a Shanghai case studyDisability & Science
2019 This article will consider the current development of an emerging contract culture for the delivery of social services and its impact on disabled people in China. The discussion is based on an original qualitative study in Shanghai. The past 30 years have seen dramatic changes in China, which in parts have led to improvements in the lives of disabled people.
The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit AssociationsPalgrave
2016 Formal volunteering takes place in an overwhelming variety of membership associations (MAs) worldwide, as well as in volunteer service programs (VSPs). MAs focus on every topical area, idea, belief, issue, and problem in contemporary nations having non-totalitarian political regimes.
Deconstructing the Panacea of Volunteering in Criminal JusticeThe Voluntary Sector and Criminal Justice
2016 The announcement in November 2012 by the Minister of Justice of plans to recruit volunteering organisations as indispensable to his ‘rehabilitation revolution’ crystallised several favoured policy themes of the coalition government. The speech confirmed the special status that voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) had assumed in governmental thinking about resettling and managing offenders.