I joined SRUC in 2011, as a Researcher within the Rural Society Research team and an associate of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre. A social geographer, my research interests focus on the nature and extent of volunteering and the third sector across Scotland and more widely, with particular reference to both the ongoing context of public service reform and to rurality. I also have research interests in rural community governance and the study and support of rural community resilience, as well as governance, behaviours and decision making for a low carbon rural society.
I have a particular interest in qualitative methodologies, including in-depth and longitudinal data collection. I have a strong commitment to undertaking policy-relevant research with diverse stakeholders, seeking to work across academic, policy and disciplinary boundaries. I also have a strong track record in undertaking knowledge exchange activities at local, national and international levels.
I completed both my undergraduate degree in Geography and my MA in Human Geography Research at the University of Sheffield. In 2011, I completed my PhD at the University of Dundee within the department of Geography and in collaboration with Volunteer Development Scotland. The study explored informal volunteering and its relationships with more formal participation throughout the lifecourse.
Other involvement with the voluntary sector
2013 - date: Trustee and steering group member, Voluntary Sector Studies Network.
2009 - 2011: Special Projects Organiser - Edinburgh University Conservation Volunteers
2008 - 2009: Project Organiser - Edinburgh University Conservation Volunteers
2007 - 2008: Volunteer - Edinburgh University Conservation Volunteers
2006 - 2007: Secretary - Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers
2005 - 2006: Chair - Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers
2004 - 2005: Volunteer - Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers
Key publications since 2005
Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
• Woolvin, M., Mills, S., Hardill, I., Rutherford, A. (in press) Divergent geographies of policy and practice? Voluntarism and devolution in England, Scotland and Wales. Geographical Journal
• Markantoni, M., Woolvin, M. (in press) The role of rural communities in the transition to a low carbon Scotland: a review. Local Environment
• Woolvin, M., Hardill, I. (2013) Localism, voluntarism and devolution: experiences, opportunities and challenges in a changing policy context. Local Economy 28 (3): 273 – 288
• Steinerowski, A., Woolvin, M. (2012) Supporting older people in establishing social enterprises in rural Scotland through action research: reflections on challenges and opportunities. Families, Relationships and Societies 1 (2): 277-286
• Smith, F.M., Timbrell, H., Woolvin, M., Muirhead, S., Fyfe, N. (2010) Enlivened Geographies of Volunteering: Situated, Embodied and Emotional Practices of Voluntary Action. Scottish Geographical Journal 126 (4): 258 – 274
• Woolvin, M. (2013) Family estates and rural resilience. Rural Policy Centre Research Report. Edinburgh: SRUC Rural Policy Centre.
• Woolvin, M., Rutherford, A. (2013) Volunteering and public service reform in rural Scotland. Research Report [Research Briefing also available]. Edinburgh: SRUC Rural Policy Centre.
• Keller, M., Woolvin, M., Thomson, S. (2012) Mapping the Distribution of Charities in Scotland. Research Briefing RPC RB 2012/07. Edinburgh: SAC Rural Policy Centre.
• Skerratt, S., Atterton, J., Woolvin, M. (2012) Scotland’s Rural Parliament: identifying next steps. A report for the Scottish Government. Edinburgh: SAC Rural Policy Centre.
• Woolvin, M., Skerratt, S. (2012) The third sector and civil society in rural Scotland: present and future? in Skerratt, S., Atterton, J., Hall, C., McCracken, D., Renwick, A., Revoredo-Giha, C., Steinerowski, A., Thomson, S., Woolvin, M., Farrington, J., Heesen, F. (2012) Rural Scotland in Focus 2012. Pp56-69. Edinburgh: Rural Policy Centre, Scottish Agricultural College.
• Woolvin, M. (2012) Mapping the third sector in rural Scotland: an initial review of the literature: Research Findings 5/2012. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
• Woolvin, M. (2012) Mapping the third sector in rural Scotland: an initial review of the literature: Full report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
• Woolvin, M., Atterton, J., Skerratt, S. (2012) Rural Parliaments in Europe: A report for the Scottish Government. Edinburgh: SAC Rural Policy Centre.
• Atterton, J., Woolvin, M., Steinerowski, A., Homer, T. (2011) The benefits and challenges of health and social care coproduction in a rural context. SAC Rural Policy Centre Policy Briefing RPC RB 2011/10. Edinburgh: SAC Rural Policy Centre.
• Homer, T., Woolvin, M., Skerratt, S. (2011) Care Farming in Scotland: understanding health and social care commissioning and procurement: Final report. Edinburgh: SAC
Selected Conference Papers
• Woolvin, M., Rutherford, A. (2013) Volunteering and public service reform: what can we learn from rural Scotland? Paper given at the NCVO VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference: 10th – 11th September. Sheffield: UK.
• Steiner, A., Woolvin, M., Skerratt, S. (2013) Exploring rural community resilience Can external interventions enhance the capacity of rural places? Proceedings of the XXVth ESRS Congress. 29th July – 1st August. Florence, Italy
• Woolvin, M. (2012) The third sector and civil society in rural Scotland: exploring the role of rurality. Paper given at the NCVO VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference: 10th – 11th September. Birmingham: UK
• Woolvin, M. (2011) Volunteering ‘below the radar’?: Informal volunteering in urban and rural Scotland. Paper given at the NCVO VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference: 7th – 8th September. London: UK
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