About the Network
Communities, researchers and policy makers worldwide have a growing interest in time banking as a solution to the increasing numbers of economically marginalised people. With time banks operating in over 50 countries, the specific goals and mechanisms vary but many perceive it as a solution to common challenges, such as providing social care in an era of recession and reversing the breakdown of community.
Existing research reports a range of benefits including increases to individual member’s well-being, mobilised community capacity and cost reductions in public services. However, a recent systematic review highlighted a deficit of high quality research evidence with most papers being theoretical, anecdotal or produced by those with vested interests.
Time4Research aims to address this deficit in evidence, and form global network for those researching time banking to share theories, findings and innovative research methods.
The Global Network
Since it started in October 2011, membership of the research network has grown from 16 to 45, with members from 8 different countries including Finland, New Zealand, Spain, the USA and Japan.
Users of Time4Research Globally
First, the network seeks to help enhance access to academic research already available in one centralised bibliography.
Second, it seeks to bring together a wide range of academics to provide space for sharing good quality research and facilitating future collaborative research.
By pursuing our aims we hope the group will become an invaluable, independent resource for policy makers and practitioners searching for evidence on time banking.
The Network was instigated by Ruth Naughton-Doe, a PhD Student at Bristol University whose research seeks to Evaluate Time Banks in the UK and Lee Gregory, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham.