Social Sustainability and Volunteering: Broader Contextual Understandings of the Challenges and Solutions

Refereed Journal Article

Project:

New Models of Volunteering

Authors:

Professor Marian Tye, Dr Dianne Costello

Published:

2015

Published In:

The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context

This research responds to the urgent need for contemporary management volunteering perspectives to address diverse policy needs by identifying a number of key priority areas and targeting the social sustainability of community sports. These include adapting policy responses to context specific solutions in local sporting organisations, fostering visionary leadership to guide the ethics and culture of sports organisations, and promoting greater engagement of families and parents especially those from diverse cultural backgrounds to address declining volunteering numbers. Through six case studies this holistic qualitative research captures the diversity of contemporary volunteering contexts in sports and recreation in Western Australia. It highlights key gaps in sport volunteering research such as developing more robust definitional understandings of volunteering, considering volunteer experience as embedded in the characteristics of sports organisations, and developing more effective methods for capturing the complexity of sport volunteers’ motivations across diverse contexts.

How to cite:

Tye, M., and D. Costello. 2015. “Social Sustainability and Volunteering: Broader Contextual Understandings of the Challenges and Solutions.” The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context. 11 (3): 41-53.