For his M. Phil degree Tim Root undertook research comparing volunteers in community service and politics with non-volunteers, studying social and psychological influences on their spare time activity. He has taken part in many campaigns, including those for environmental protection, and for a fair electoral system. He works as a Senior Practitioner in the Social Services, helping children and families in difficulty. He has also worked with people with mental health problems, and managed a project for people with learning difficulties. He is married and lives in London. He has an adult son.