Rob Macmillan


Rob Macmillan joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Principal Research Fellow in June 2017 from the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) at the University of Birmingham. He has 20 years' experience of researching aspects of the third sector and voluntary and community action in collaboration with other academics and researchers, policy makers and funders, and with key third sector organisations. From an inter-disciplinary background in social policy, politics and sociology, his main research interests are around the long term qualitative dynamics and contested politics of voluntary action, the application of field theory in the third sector, the relationships between markets and the third sector, and the changing field of capacity building and third sector infrastructure. Rob is co-editor of the international journal Voluntary Sector Review, and a member of the UK Voluntary Sector Studies Network.


Dayson, C., Ellis Paine, A., Macmillan, R. and Sanderson, E. (2017) Third sector capacity building: the institutional embeddedness of supply. Voluntary Sector Review, 8 (2), pp. 149-168.

Cornforth, C. and Macmillan, R. (2016) Evolution in Board Chair-CEO Relationships: A Negotiated Order Perspective. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (5), pp. 949-970.

Macmillan, R. (2016) Capacity building for competition: the role of infrastructure in third sector service delivery, In: Rees, J. and Mullins, D. (eds) The Third Sector Delivering Public Services: Developments, innovations and challenges. Bristol: Policy Press: pp.107-25.

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