Tracey Coule

Individual researcher

Professor of Nonprofit Work and Organisation

Tracey is Professor of Nonprofit Work and Organization at Sheffield Hallam University and Research-to-Practice Editor for the international journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Tracey is the former programme leader of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and a core member of the Voluntary Action Research Group at SHU. She held research and policy analysis roles within the nonprofit sector, with responsibility for undertaking and commissioning research activities, policy analysis and strategy development before entering academia.

Tracey’s research focuses on organizing and managing work in nonprofit organizations and its linkages to wider societal arrangements, supplemented by a strong interest in research philosophy and methodology. Specifically, she conducts research on forms and processes of governance and accountability, public service innovation in nonprofit organizations, the role and power of nonprofits in institutional change and nonprofit-state relations.

She previously served on the editorial board of Voluntary Sector Review and is Research-to-Practice Editor for Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). Her research has featured in international journals such as NVSQ, Public Administration and Business & Society and she has contributed chapters to books such as Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (2011; 2016) and the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2017). She is currently working on a co-authored research monograph commissioned by Routledge (USA) based on a three-year ethnography of a professional association in the UK. She is one of three guest editors of a forthcoming symposium on Critical Nonprofit Sudies in NVSQ.

Tracey is deeply committed to supporting and encouraging the next generation of scholars in the field through doctoral supervision and mentoring at SHU, as an International Society for Thrd-Sector Research (ISTR) PhD Mentor, an EMES PhD summer School Tutor and an ARNOVA/AROCSA Emerging African Scholars Tutor. She was instrumental in involving doctoral candidates and early career researcher’s in organising the 2019 EMES International Research Conference through participation in the Local Scietific Committee and/or chairing of sessions.

She has extensive experience of applied research on nonprofit organizations, governance, organization development, public service innovation, social policy and a passion for policy and practice relevant research. She has played major roles in research projects for central government, statutory health bodies and national and local nonprofit organizations.

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