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Professor Irene Hardill

Professor Hardill AcSS is Professor of Public Policy, Northumbria University and she has a particular expertise in volunteering and the voluntary and community sector, demography and ageing, and knowledge exchange.  She is co-director of the Centre for Citizenship and Civil Society. Her current research is supported by a series of grants from the ESRC, and includes a New Dynamics of Ageing research grant on sustaining IT use by older people, a collaborative PhD with the Institute of Volunteering Research (IVR), an NCRM Methods network on user engagement (2011-12) and a series of public policy seminars in partnership with ESRC and the IVR (2011-12). She has just completed the Process and Impact Review of the Engaging Scottish Local Authorities Scheme (ESRC/SFC), and an ESRC CASE studentship with AgeUK, Her research has been supported by Leverhulme Trust, Age Concern England, the English Regions Network, the Canadian High Commission, and the French Government. Professor Hardill has produced over 100 publications, including six books. Her work has featured in five ESRC publications for its academic and wider impact. She has just published a book Enterprising Care: Unpaid voluntary action in the 21st century for Policy Press with Dr Sue Baines, co-edited a special issue of Social Policy and Society on remixing the economy of welfare, and is currently co-editing a special issue of Geoforum on spatialities of ageing.  Professor Hardill is Membership Secretary of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and is former Vice Chair of the Regional Studies Association.

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