Research and Innovation

Volunteering WA supports the advancement of research into Western Australian volunteering through:

  • The advice and activities of the Research Committee
  • In-kind or financial support for selected research projects
  • Promoting networking amongst researchers interested in volunteering
  • Promoting opportunities for researchers and practitioners to connect
  • Communicating relevant research findings that impact on volunteering
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Research Committee

The Research Committee is an advisory committee to the CEO and Senior Management of Volunteering WA and reports to the Board of Volunteering WA, through the CEO.

The Research Committee includes Researchers from the major Universities in WA and representatives from the Department for Communities and Volunteering WA. It meets quarterly as a Committee and hosts round-table and networking sessions for WA Researchers interested in volunteering.

Dr Sally Paulin

Dr Sally Paulin is an Honorary Research Associate, at the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University. Over the past 15 years Sally’s teaching and research has centred on social sustainability in the context of the third sector, community engagement and volunteering. She has carried out research into how community groups experience government policy is exploring the scenarios for volunteering into and intra aged care situations. Sally is Chair of the Volunteering WA Research Committee.

Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop

Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop will join the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University in January 2019. His research investigates personality and individual differences in the work and volunteering context, particularly how they relate to personnel recruitment, selection, and socialisation. His research informs practices to improve recruitment, selection, and socialisation outcomes across work and volunteer settings, and on how work influences the development of our personality through adulthood.

Dr Megan Paull

Dr Megan Paull is the Senior Lecturer in Management, Director of Postgraduate Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability, at the School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University. Megan joined Murdoch University in 2009. Her research interests are in the areas of volunteering and non-profit organisations; bullying and organisational behaviour, and learning and teaching in higher education. Megan teaches in the areas of non-profit management, human resource management, business research methods, organisational behaviour and management. Megan is a Director of Volunteering WA and Volunteering Australia. 

Professor Kirsten Holmes

Professor Kirsten Holmes is with the School of Marketing at Curtin University. Kirsten has been researching the topic of volunteerism for over 20 years. She has particular expertise in forms of volunteering relating to events, leisure, museums, sport and tourism. She has investigated volunteering and volunteer management in Australia, the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on student volunteers. She has published over 60 peer reviewed papers in leading journals. Kirsten is regularly invited to work with industry and government, particularly the not-for-profit sector. 

Associate Professor Judy MacCallum

Associate Professor Judy MacCallum is with the School of Education, at Murdoch University. Judy began her career in 1993. Judy has held numerous academic leadership positions in the School of Education including responsibility for leading the consultancy and applied research of the School and as Dean of Education. Judy’s teaching and research focus on social and cognitive interaction for learning and development, and ways to create effective learning environments in a range of educational and community contexts. Key areas of interest revolve around collaborative learning and teaching, professional learning, motivational change, intergenerational exchange and mentoring.

Dr Peter Devereux

Dr Peter Devereux is Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and lectures in the Sustainable Development Goals Masters Unit. He is also Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University. Peter has focused on volunteering for development and sustainability policy, research and practice for 30 years and published and presented extensively in this area. Previously he worked on Volunteering and SDGs research in Myanmar; UN Volunteers HQ; Murdoch University School of Sustainability; as environmental adviser in Nicaragua, UN volunteer in Fiji, and Australian Volunteers International Perth office manager.

Research Digest

Volunteering WA produces a Research Digest which brings together news of current and recent research publications, reports and projects relevant to Western Australian, volunteering from WA, National and International sources.