Not-for-profits UWA Research Group Members

The Not-for-profits UWA Research Group (NFPs UWA) was formed by a group of scholars with a deep interest in the Not-for-profit sector. With the objective of fostering interdisciplinary research, collaboration and engagement with the Not-for-profit sector, NFPs UWA itself reflects the diversity and significance of the Not-for-profit sector. As such, the research group is interested in issues ranging from the nature and function of the sector, to the performance, governance, reporting and regulation of Not-for-profits.

We are also cognisant of the increasingly blurred boundaries with the government and business sectors and so our focus extends to increasing our understanding of these important relationships. Our key strengths lie in the broad spectrum of sector experience and research inquiry of our researchers.

Focus Areas

The primary focus of NFPs UWA is to encourage, perform and disseminate research practice and results. It is intended to build on the university's already significant engagement with the sector by ensuring the research profile it builds is seen as industry-centric, prioritised toward key problems, and results in outcomes that can be applied. As such, the following research areas are currently prioritised. However, any research that is of high quality and aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Not-for-profit sector to fulfil its role is encouraged strongly.

Key research themes:

  • The ontology of NFPs and the role of civil society
  • NFP regulation, including taxation
  • Social impact, including measurement, leadership, actors and social innovation
  • The business of NFPs and charities, including their operation, governance and industry contexts
  • NFP law, governance and accountability, including reporting
  • NFP performance and management
  • NFP finances and reserves
  • Human services policy and service delivery
  • Blurring of traditional boundaries between NFPs, business and government
  • Philanthropy and engagement
  • Advocacy and activism
  • International perspectives


Members & Affiliates

Research projects

New Editors of Third Sector Review

Ian Murray, David Gilchrist and Fiona McGaughey have started as editors of the Third Sector Review from January 2019.

Third Sector Review is a recognised refereed journal for ERA purposes, that attracts HERDC points in Australia and is recognised as a referred journal for PBRF Evidence Portfolios in New Zealand. TSR is ranked B by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) master journal list and it has an extensive readership globally, making this a great opportunity to get your research read and to make an impact.

Research publications

Resources & Commissioned Reports


October 2019

  • 1 October 2019

    • Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
      This four-day short course examines the nature, function, governance and regulation of not-for-profit (NFP) entities in Australia, with a focus on charities.
      Full details and registration

November 2019

  • 18 November 2019

    • NFPs UWA Accountability Summit November 2019
      A summit is being planned for 18 November 2019 and further details will be provided here closer to the event.

To get connected, please email one of the Convenors: