ARVAC Annual Conference and AGM 2017

The Association of Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting and annual conference.

‘Research to inform democracy and engagement’


Nick Mahony

Renovating the public realm in an age of angry publics
Against the backdrop of ever-hardening austerity and a growing wave of populism, this presentation will briefly highlight three key issues that all those looking to help progressively renovate the public realm will need to address and negotiate in the months and years ahead.

Nick Mahony is a Researcher, Public Engagement Advisor, Compass Associate and the Administrator (coordinator) of the Raymond Williams Foundation. His expertise is in public engagement and participatory democracy. Nick seeks to combine scholarship, consciousness-raising and practice-based activities where-ever this is possible. He is currently working with Compass and others to address the politics of the contemporary participatory democracy and public engagement, with the aim of supporting the progressive development of this landscape, to further the aims of social justice, equality and democracy.


1.15 – 1.30 Event opening: teas, coffees, registration, networking

1.30 – 2.00 ARVAC 2017 AGM

2.00 – 2.15 Refreshment Break

2.15 – 2.35 Keynote speaker

2.35 – 3.00 table discussion and feedback

3.00 – 3.20 Keynote Speaker

3.20 – 3.45 table discussion and feedback

3.45 – 4.00 Plenary and End

The Venue is the Newton Building

The event is free to ARVAC members and ARVAC membership is free so please join ARVAC at the same time as signing up to the AGM. Just go to the website and click ‘join’ and fill in a few details –

Download the AGM Notice and Nomination Form here.