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Nick Ockenden

Nick OckendenNick is the Head of Research at NCVO, where he leads a team of 12 researchers. The NCVO research team includes the Institute for Volunteering Research, which Nick joined in 2005. In his time with IVR Nick has worked on a wide range of projects including numerous programme and organisational evaluations (English Heritage, the Natural History Museum, v), the development of volunteering strategies (the National Offender Management Service, the Northern Ireland government), sector-wide reviews of volunteering (Natural England) and studies into volunteering behaviour and impact (the Volunteering Hub, Capacity Builders). Nick's particular research interests are focused on volunteering within small, community-based organisations, and environmental and conservation volunteering.

Previously, Nick worked at GreenSpace, an environmental organisation championing parks and green spaces throughout the UK. Nick has an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters degree in Environmental Management, both from the University of Nottingham. Outside of NCVO, Nick is a board member of the Social Research Association, vice chair of ARVAC, a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, and a volunteer at London Zoo.

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