Margaret’s research interests focus on the organisation, management and effectiveness of voluntary and community organisations (also known as ‘VCOs’, ‘third sector organisations’, ‘nonprofits’ or ‘NGOs’). Topics of particular interest include: boards, committees and governance structures; the impact of public policy on the management of VCOs; organisational change in the VCO sector; the organisation of religious and faith based groups and congregations; management of volunteers; bridge-building between religious and ethnic groups; collaborations and partnerships within the voluntary sector and across the voluntary/governmental sector boundaries; and social responsibility activities linking businesses and VCOs. The Aston Centre for Voluntary Action Research (ACVAR) was co-founded by Margaret with Ben Cairns in 2000. It offers an innovative response to the challenges of organisation and management faced by voluntary and community organisations by conducting academically rigorous action research that generates new insights into solving complex practical problems. Since its establishment ACVAR has developed an impressive body of research concerned with national, regional and local voluntary and community sector issues. Research findings are shared through a ‘capacity building’ programme as well as through publications of reports and guidance.