Funded by ESRC to the value of £72,600, the project is to start 1 January 2013.

Prof Oliver James examines why people volunteer to help others in their local community.

Professor Oliver James (Politics, SSIS) is collaborating with Peter John (UCL), Gerry Stoker (Southampton) and Liz Richardson (Manchester) in a major two year study to examine why people volunteer to help others in their local community. The study will use experiments with random allocation of interventions to see if appeals from local ‘leaders’ of different kinds (political or community) and social information about what other people have been doing (both currently and in the past) influence whether people volunteer and how much time they contribute. Oliver will be working on the project supported by a research fellow at Exeter, to be appointed in spring 2013.

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