Social effects of volunteering
At the centre we examine the social and personal effects of volunteering and civic engagemet.
Research shows that people who are active in organizations generally report better health and express higher life satisfaction, compared to those who are not active. Favorable health outcomes could be the direct result of organizational activity, but it could also be the result of a selection bias where people who report high quality of life and good health have a higher probability of being involved in organizational activities. Using panel data, our researches explore this alleged relationship between civil society participation and public health.
The centre also conducts research on the broader societal consequences of volunteering. This includes research on the role and significance of civil society when it comes to integration, search and rescue-work and the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism.