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Dr Siobhan Daly

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Social Sciences

 Dr Siobhan Daly is a Principal Lecturer and part of the International Development and International Relations and Politics subject group. Her research focuses on philanthropy and volunteering, championing innovative methodologies and the conceptual and theoretical development of philanthropy and voluntary sector studies. As Principal Investigator (PI) she has held grants from the Leverhulme Trust (Artist in Residence Scheme, 2017-18) and the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grants scheme (2016-18; 2007-8). She is currently part of a Horizon 2020 project COGOV: Co-production and Co-governance: Strategic Management, Public Value and Co-creation in the Renewal of Public Agencies across Europe. Drawing upon her research Siobhan teaches on the BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics and MSc International Development programmes. She has also held a number of leadership and management roles in the Department of Social Sciences including Head of Subject and roles in Business and Engagement.


Siobhan Daly

Campus Address

Lipman 306
City Campus

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research on philanthropy and volunteering addresses a number of themes:

(i)               The development of philanthropy, including the evolution of the concept of philanthropy. In the UK context, I have explored the emergence of philanthropic relationships and the roles of community foundations. My current research interest lies in the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for philanthropy, particularly philanthropic foundations; how they approach their work and their relationships with grantees.

(ii)               The experiences of volunteers, especially those in leadership and governance roles in charities. As part of a BA/Leverhulme Trust grant, I was PI on a project which explored the experiences of volunteer trustees in charities that work with and/or for people with learning disabilities.

(iii)             The use of ‘new’ methodological perspectives to explore philanthropy and volunteering. As PI on a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence grant, I worked with Dr Michele Allen, a visual artist. We used arts-based research to reveal the meaning and significance of philanthropy to key sites in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Building on this research, we subsequently engaged volunteers in walking interviews to explore the dynamic of volunteering, space and place. The ways in which public spaces are changing, particularly in the context of austerity and how processes of change are managed forms part of my work on an EU Horizon 2020 funded project: Co-production and Co-Governance: Strategic Management, Public Value and Co Creation in the Renewal of Public Agencies across Europe.




Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Pathways through Trusteeship: Responding to the Trustee Recruitment Crisis, Daly, S., Slack, R., Brandon, T., Biddle, P. 1 May 2020, In: International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
  • Walking and Talking with Volunteers: what does walking offer the study of volunteering, space and place?, Daly, S., Allen, M. 2 Jul 2020, In: Community Development Journal
  • ‘In whom we trust?’: the experiences of trustees in learning disability charities, Daly, S., Biddle, P., Brandon, T., Slack, R. Dec 2018, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • Philanthropy, the new professionals and higher education: the advent of Directors of Development and Alumni Relations, Daly, S. 16 Jan 2013, In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
  • Philanthropy as an Essentially Contested Concept, Daly, S. Dec 2012, In: Voluntas
  • Philanthropy, the Big Society and Emerging Philanthropic Relationships in the UK, Daly, S. 7 Nov 2011, In: Public Management Review
  • Institutional innovation in philanthropy: community foundations in the UK, Daly, S. Sep 2008, In: Voluntas
  • Mapping civil society in the Republic of Ireland, Daly, S. 2008, In: Community Development Journal

PGR Supervision

Charlotte Nisbet Women’s Giving Circles in the UK Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL September 15 2005
  • Politics PhD September 01 1999
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2007

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