Department of Political Science


Dr Jonathan Roberts

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Dr Jonathan Roberts

Teaching Fellow in Voluntary Sector Policy


Jonathan Roberts holds a PhD from the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He obtained a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from LSE. He has taught and lectured at LSE on social enterprise and on the relationship between government and the voluntary sector. Prior to joining LSE he worked for a number of UK charities.

Research interests

Jonathan’s research interests include the role of the voluntary sector in public service delivery, the relationships between state and civil society, the emergence of social enterprise, and the organisational governance of voluntary sector organisations. He has a particular interest in education, pre-school and family policy.

Jonathan’s doctoral research explored how parents trust pre-school childcare provision. Particular reference is given to different organisational forms, including the theoretical trust advantages of non-profit entities.


  • Roberts, J. (2011), "Trust and childcare: parents’ relationships with private, state and third sector providers in England". Journal of Social Policy 40(4): 695-715
  • Lewis, J., Roberts, J. and Finnegan, C. (2011), “Making the Transition from Sure Start local programmes to Children's Centres”. Journal of Social Policy 40(3): 595–612
  • West, A., Mattei, P. and Roberts, J. (2011), “Accountability and Sanctions in English Schools”. British Journal of Educational Studies 59(1): 41–62
  • West, A., Roberts, J. and Noden, P. (2010), “Funding early years education and care: can a mixed economy of providers deliver universal high quality provision?” British Journal of Educational Studies 58(2): 155-179
  • Kumar, S. and Roberts, J. (2009), “Organizational Governance”. In H. Anheier, R. List and S. Toepler (eds), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer.
  • Roberts, J. (2007), Partners or Instruments: can the Compact guard the independence and autonomy of voluntary organisations? (Voluntary Sector Working Paper 8). London: Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics

Conference papers

  • Roberts, J. (2010), “Trust and childcare: parents’ relationships with private, state and third sector providers in the UK”. Paper presented at the EIASM 5th Workshop On Trust Within And Between Organizations, Madrid, 28-29 January
  • Kumar, S. and Roberts, J. (2008), “New Public Management, Communitarianism and Third Sector Organisations: Tensions in Government Policy in the UK". Paper presented at Leading in Building Civil Society: Obligations & Privileges – 37th Annual ARNOVA Conference, Philadelphia, November 20-22.