Peter R. Elson

Peter R. Elson
Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Community Development
Credentials

PhD (Toronto), MSc

Contact
Office: HSD A346

Professional Information & Research Interests

Professional Information

Peter Elson arrived at the School of Public Administration at UVic from the Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University where he is cross-appointed as Senior Research Fellow. His PhD in Adult Education and Community Development (University of Toronto) followed the completion of his MSc in Voluntary Sector Organization at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously spent fifteen years as a nonprofit executive director and active community organizer.

Peter is also the English Language editor for ANSERJ, the journal for the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, and is active on numerous provincial and national committees. He is currently editing a new book, Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada.

Research Interests

Peter is, by nature, a collaborative, community-based researcher. His research focuses on:

  • The societal impact of grant-making foundations in Canada.
  • The long-term analysis of voluntary sector-provincial government relations.
  • Mapping the nature and impact of social enterprises across Canada.

Selected Publications

Refereed Books

  • Elson, P. (Ed.) (2016) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press [IPAC series in Public Management and Governance].
  • Elson, P. (2011) High Ideals and Noble Intentions: Voluntary sector-government relations in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Harris, B.J., Morris, A., Namisi, H., Tumanova, A., Elson, P., Horton Smith, D., Ascough, R.S., McLoughklin, J. (2016) History of volunteering, membership associations, and the voluntary nonprofit sector. In D. Horton Smith, B. Stebbins, and J. Grotz (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Elson, P (2016) Western Canada’s Nonprofit Landscape. In P. R. Elson (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Songpal-Valias, N, Sigurdson, L, Elson, P. (2016) Alberta’s Social Policy: The Neoliberal Legacy of the Klein Reforms. In P. R. Elson (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Elson, P. (2016) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. In P. R. Elson (Ed.) Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Elson, P. (2011) The Great White North and voluntary action: Canada’s relationship with Beveridge, social welfare and social justice. In Melanie Oppenheimer and Nicholas Deakin (Eds.) Beveridge and Voluntary Action in Britain and the wider British World Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Elson, P. (2010) A Comparative Analysis of Voluntary Sector/Government Relations in Canada and England. In L. Mook, J. Quarter & S. Ryan (Eds.) Researching the Social Economy Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Elson, P. (accepted) Third Wave, Third Sector: A comparative analysis of third sector policy governance. Canadian Public Administration 57 (4).
  • Elson, P. and Hall P. (2012) Canadian Social Enterprises: Taking stock. Social Enterprise Journal 8 (3) pp. 216-236.
  • Elson, P. (2012) Canada’s Voluntary Sector Initiative and Sub-National Voluntary Sector Relations: The third wave. Nonprofit Policy Forum 3(2), Article 4.
  • Elson, P (2011) The emergence of structured sub-national voluntary sector-government relationships and their policy outcomes. Voluntary Sector Review 2(2), pp.135-155.
  • Elson, P. (2010) The Origin of the Species: Why charity regulation in Canada and England continue to reflect their origins. International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law 12(3), pp. 75-89.
  • Elson, P (2009) Where is the Voice of the Canada’s Voluntary Sector? Canadian Review of Social Policy Issue 60/61, Fall 2007/Winter 2008, pp. 1-20.

Refereed Policy Paper

  • Elson, P. (2009) Independence in a Cold Climate: A Profile of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Canada in M. Smerdon (Editor). The First Principle of Voluntary Action: essays on the independence of the voluntary sector from government in Canada, England, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland, United States of America and Wales. Strengthening the Voluntary Sector independence Working paper No 3, Baring Foundation, London, UK.

Research Reports

  • Elson, P., Hall, P., Wamucii, P. (2014). British Columbia Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report. Calgary: Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P., Hall, P., Wamucii, P. (2013). Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report. Calgary: Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University.
  • Flatt, J, Daly, K, Elson, P., Hall, P., Thompson, M., Chamberlain, P. (2013) Inspiring Innovation: The size, Scope and Socioeconomic Impact of Nonprofit Social Enterprises in Ontario. Toronto: The Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
  • Elson, P. (2012) Nova Scotia Nonprofit Sector Pension Plan Feasibility Study: Discussion Paper. Halifax: La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE).
  • O’Connor, R., Elson, P., Hall, P., Reimer, B. (2011) Measuring the Size, Scope & Scale of the Social Enterprise Sector In Manitoba, CED-NET, Mount Royal University, Simon Fraser University.

Recent Speaking Engagements & Presentations

Scholarly Presentations

  • Elson, P. (2014) "Undergraduate Nonprofit Programs: Too much too soon or too little too late?" Paper presented at the seventh annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Brock University, St Catherines, Ontario.
  • Elson, P. (2014) "Third Wave, Third Sector: A comparative analysis of third sector policy governance" Paper presented at the International Research Society for Public Management Conference 2014, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Elson, P., Hall, P. (2013) "Ploughing the Fields: Provincial surveys of social enterprises in Canada" Paper presented at the 4th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
  • Elson, P. (2013) "Governance and the Nonprofit Sector - a preliminary profile of nonprofit relations inside provincial governments" Paper presented at the sixth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "A-Courting We Will Go: Voluntary Sector-Provincial Government Relations in Canada" Paper presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "Provincial Policy Relations: Drivers and Passengers" Paper presented at the fifth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Waterloo/Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Hall, P., Elson, P. (2012) "From West to East: A provincial profile of social enterprises in Canada" Presentation at the fifth annual meeting of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), University of Waterloo/Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

Research Presentations

  • Elson, P. (2013) "Social Enterprises in Alberta and across Canada: Complexity, Context and impact" Calgary: Suncor Energy Foundation.
  • Elson, P. (2013) "Context, Compacts, and Community: Reflections on state-voluntary sector relations" London, England: National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
  • Elson, P. (2013) "Public Policy, Volunteering, and Citizenship Engagement" Public Policy Summit on Volunteering, and Citizenship engagement, Vancouver: Volunteer Canada.
  • Elson, P. (2013) "Financing our Organizations to Support a Stable and Quality Workforce" Policy Roundtable #1, Winnipeg: Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "Dance Partners? An institutional analysis of provincial government-voluntary sector relations" Research presentation to the Institute for Nonprofit Studies Advisory Committee, Calgary: Mount Royal University.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "What’s Up? Voluntary Sector-Provincial Government Relations in Canada" Research Presentation to the Government Non-Profit Initiative, Vancouver: GNPI.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "Qui parle? Relations avec le secteur bénévole dans l’ouest canadien" Research presentation to the 2012 Annual General Meeting of le reseau Quebecois de L’action communtaire autonome, Montreal: RQ-ACA.
  • Elson, P. (2012) "Les gouvernements provinciaux et les relations du secteur bénévole" Research presentation to the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) (research consortium). Montreal: UQAM.

Courses Taught

  • CD 504: Practices and Perspectives on Forging Change

Other Research contributions

  • (2012 – 2013) Member, Expert Panel on Modelling Nonprofit Labour Supply & Demand, HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector
  • (2011 – 2014) Co-ordinator, T3010 User Group
  • (2010 – 2011) Research advisor to the “State of the Sector” project led by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • (2010 – 2012) Appointed to the Alberta Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Initiative (post secondary representative)
  • (2009 – 2011) Research advisor to the Labour Market Information Committee of the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector
  • (2009 - 2014) Supervisor, Annual Nonprofit Research Intern, Institute for Nonprofit Studies
  • (2009 – 2014) Lead co-ordinator Nonprofit Research Forum, Mount Royal University
  • (2009 – 2015) Appointed English language editor for the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (sponsored by the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research)