Dr Darja Kragt
Dr Darja Kragt is a Lecturer in Work Psychology at the University of Western Australia School of Psychological Science. Her research is focused in investigating the role of identity in leadership and leadership development and has been published in several high quality, peer-reviewed journals. Darja is passionate about teaching others how to become better leaders and has facilitated many leadership development workshops and programs for professionals, MBAs and executives. Her other research interests include identity processes in retirement transition and volunteering with emergency services. Before coming to Australia, Darja worked and researched at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
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.
Associate Professor Janice RedmundJanice Redmund is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. She has a significant background in the government and education sectors including working in the area of Human Resource Management. Janice is currently involved in a number of collaborative projects including small business owners’ preparation for retirement; enterprise sustainability; discretionary work effort and informal training and learning in small business.
Research and Innovation
Volunteering WA supports innovation in knowledge and practice in Western Australian volunteering through research:
- Utilising the expertise and experience of the Research Committee
- Providing 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
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 research related events and networking sessions.
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.
The Research Digest newsletter is published twice a year and distributed to members of Volunteering WA, and the WA Research Network.
- Research Checklist - to support VIOs that are considering whether to contribute to a research project, or undertake research with an academic or industry research partner.
Volunteering WA encourages and supports research into volunteering related issues to help inform evidence-based decision-making and good practice in the volunteer sector.
Volunteering WA will consider requests for collaboration and in-kind support for research projects. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee using established criteria. Please contact us for an initial discussion.
Research projects supported by Volunteering WA:
Driving volunteer engagement and building parent participation in P&Cs across WA
Funded through Volunteering WA's annual volunteer grant program with the support of the Volunteering WA Research Committee.
Volunteering WA congratulates the WA Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO) as the recipient of the 2022-23 Research Grant Program. Their project will examine the question of “Volunteer Engagement – Building Parent Participation in P&Cs across WA”.
Western Australian Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO) is the peak body representing parents of public school students in WA. They provide representation at state and national levels and guidance and support to over 650 Parent and Citizen Associations (P&Cs).
In 2021 P&Cs in WA provided over $17 million to school communities. Recruiting parent volunteers is an ongoing challenge due to natural turnover as children progress in their schooling, and made more difficult by COVID-19.
1. What works and does not work to recruit and retain parent volunteers to P&Cs across WA?
The WACSSO will work in partnership with Murdoch University to deliver the project, under the leadership of Dr Kath Sugars.
Developing a National Rural Volunteering Roadmap (2021 to 2025)
Volunteering WA is pleased to be a partner in this Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project which aims to investigate the challenges affecting rural volunteering in Australia.
Conducting a national analysis of volunteering demand and supply, this project expects to generate new interdisciplinary knowledge of the structural, demographic, organisational and personal factors affecting the sustainability of rural volunteering.
Expected outcomes of this project include a world-first index of volunteering vulnerabilities and a spatial map of volunteering unevenness, leading to the development of an evidence-based National Rural Volunteering Roadmap (2025-2035). The Roadmap will support volunteering peak body partners, governments and rural communities to plan for and support rural volunteering over the longer-term.
Volunteering WA aims to build stronger and more connected communities through volunteering and provides a range of resources, services, programs and support so that the people of Western Australia are made aware of, and understand, the nature, value and scope of volunteering activity in the State.
We will support the project through contributions of staff time, participation as experts and in focus groups, the provision of available data, facilitating linkages to VIOs and networks, and work to co-create the Roadmap document.
The project will run from 2021 to 2025 and more information on opportunities to be involved will be promoted to our members and the community. To register your interest in receiving updates on this project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact of COVID-19 on University Students’ Volunteering – Emerging Trends and Way Forward
Funded through Volunteering WA's annual volunteer grant program with the support of the Volunteering WA Research Committee.
Lead researcher: Dr Fazlul Rabbanee, Curtin University
The COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse impact on all volunteering activities in Australia, particularly as traditional in-person volunteering was severely curtailed due to lockdowns, social isolation, and physical distancing requirements. Due to a dearth of existing research on how and to what extent the COVID-19 pandemic impacted university student volunteering, this research addresses four key objectives: (i) identifying the challenges experienced by university student volunteers due to COVID-19, (ii) examining the impact of the pandemic on university student volunteers' wellbeing and resilience influencing their future intention to volunteer, (iii) exploring the emerging trends of university students' volunteering in WA, and (iv) identifying the influence of COVID-19 on virtual and informal volunteering among university students in WA
Read the University Students' Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic Report, Published April 2023
Volunteering in Aged Care Settings in the time of COVID and beyond (2021)
Volunteering WA has released the final report on Volunteering in Aged Care Settings in Western Australia – Good Practice During COVID-19 and Beyond, authored by Dr Megan Paull and Dr Sally Paulin, Murdoch Business School + Centre for Healthy Ageing.
The full report, summary report and seven Good Practice Guides for specific users are available here.
The Jacaranda Project (2019)
The Jacaranda Project was a pilot which looked at volunteering in aged care settings. It was supported by Volunteering WA and stakeholders representing a group of Aged Care Providers. Interviews were carried out with volunteer managers and volunteers. The findings from the project were presented and discussed by the research team from Murdoch University to volunteer managers in the aged care sector in June 2019. The findings included the importance of good relationships between staff and volunteers and a sense of ownership of their role amongst volunteers surveyed. The final report is available here. Contact Dr Megan Paull, Murdoch University for more information.
The Social and Economic Sustainability of WA’s Rural Volunteer Workforce (Completed 2019)
Volunteering is critical to the survival and success of rural communities in WA. The past two decades have seen an increase in the community services delivered by volunteers and demand on the volunteer workforce has intensified. Yet, over the same period there has been a decline in volunteer participation across Australia resulting in a shortage of volunteer labour. This study uses case studies of three rural communities in WA to investigate the role of volunteering in creating a sense of community wellbeing and delivering essential services in rural areas, and identifies the strategies volunteers and voluntary organisations are using to sustain the rural volunteer workforce. Contact Professor Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University for further information. The final report is available to download (PDF). This project was funded by the Curtin Bankwest Economics Centre.
Creating and Sustaining a Strong Future for Volunteering in Australia (Completed 2018)
This project sought to answer the question of how to increase social participation by converting non-volunteers to the benefits of volunteering. A world first, this project created new theory by examining three levels of analysis: the micro level of the individual volunteer or non-volunteer; the mezzo level of the volunteer-involving organisation; and the macro level of society. This innovative approach led to the development of two tools: the convertibility tool that calculates an individual’s likelihood of volunteering; and the recruit ability tool that provides a self-diagnostic instrument for volunteer-involving organisations to review their volunteer program and change their strategy. Contact Professor Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University for further information. Tools developed during the project – and other outputs - are freely available for volunteer-involving organisations on the project website. The project was funded by the Australian Research Council, with contributions from Volunteering WA, the WA Department for Communities, Volunteering Victoria and Volunteering SA & NT.
WA Volunteering Research Network
The Research Committee supports a growing community of WA researchers with an interest in volunteering as a field of research. The Committee encourages networking amongst researchers at all stages of their career, to share their work, develop connections, and find potential collaborations. To join the network please complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAResearchers
The Research Committee in conjunction with Volunteering WA organises networking and information sharing events for researchers, volunteer management practitioners and others interested in research. View upcoming research events.