12th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference, New Zealand, 18-20 Nov. 2014

Resilience, change and the Third Sector.

As it recovers from one of the most destructive earthquakes to hit this part of the world, Otautahi/Christchurch and its community organisations have certainly learned a lot about change and resilience.  But it is not just natural disasters that both threaten and present opportunities for the 'Third Sector' today.  The changing policy environment, increasingly complex regulatory demands, shifting funding opportunities, diverse stakeholder expectations, new technologies, emerging population and social trends, can all buffet the sector around.  And how can the sector maintain its integrity and be a force for change in society?

For the first time ever in Christchurch, and only in NZ three times previously, this is the premier Australasian conference for bringing together researchers, academics, practitioners, activists, and policymakers with a shared interest in non-profit organisations, communities, Tangata Whenua / Indigenous organisations, volunteering and philanthropy. We aim to help participants make the most of the evidence available and connect the dots.

Proposals for panel sessions, workshops and papers are invited in one or more of the following three streams:

  • to inform and assist the work of activists and practitioners;
  • to inform and influence public policy;
  • to share the fruits of recent research and 'think-pieces'.


  • 400-600 word Abstracts of Proposals submitted by Wednesday 30 April 2014.
  • Notification to accepted Proposals by mid June 2014.
  • Full Papers submitted by Friday 31 October 2014.
  • Proposals can only be accepted outside this timeline depending on available space and at the discretion of the organisers.

* Conference Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted to: conference@anztsr.org.au  

Enquiries about Proposals to Suzanne Grant: slgrant@waikato.ac.nz

Put the Conference dates, 18-20 November 2014, in your diary now so you don't miss this exciting event.  An optional Community Recovery tour is also planned for 21 November.

Registrations will open early in the new year with special 'early bird' rates.

"Resilience, Change and the Third Sector" is sponsored by Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR)http://www.anztsr.org.au and Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary Sector Research Centre (Community Research)http://www.communityresearch.org.nz, and hosted by Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology http://www.cpit.ac.nz.  

General enquiries about the Conference to: conference@anztsr.org.au