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Dr. Siobhan Daly

Director of CPD and Collaborative Operations and Principal Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Siobhan joined Northumbria University in 2005.

Siobhan joined Northumbria University in 2005. Prior to this, she held teaching posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Roehampton. She has also worked as a research manager and researcher on a major European-wide project entitled the ‘Visions and Roles of Foundations in Europe’ at the Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics.

Campus Address

Lipman 306
City Campus

0191 243 7307


PhD, Political Science, University of Nottingham, BA (Hons), European Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Siobhan's research focuses broadly on civil society, with a particular interest in philanthropy. In recent years, she has completed projects on community foundations and the roles of charitable foundations in Europe and internationally.  Her current research interests include: women and philanthropy; philanthropy and higher education, and exploring the impact of ‘new’ methods and approaches to philanthropy.

Current/Recent Projects

  • February 2017: Leverhulme Trust, Artist in Residence Programme, £15,000

Dr Siobhan Daly, working with visual artist Dr Michele Allen as the artist in residence in the Department of Social Sciences, explored the role and legacy of philanthropy, broadly conceived as voluntary action for the public good, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Read the press release about the exhibition, entitled ‘A Brief Compendium of Named and Unnamed Objects’, which marked the end of the residency here:

See images from the exhibition and the project here:


  • 4/4/2016-28/2/2018, British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grants Scheme, ‘In whom do we trust? Motivations and Composition of Trustees in the learning Disability sector’ (Principal investigator, with Co-invesigators, Professor Richard Slack, Durham University and Dr Toby Brandon, Northumbria University).
  • British Academy Small Research Grants Scheme, £1650 for Research Project: ‘Community Foundations: what role in civil renewal?’, January 2007-2008.
  • Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF 3), £5000 for project entitled ‘Building Capacity in the Voluntary and Community Sector,’ (with David Mc Guinness), 2008.

Key Publications

Daly, S. (2013) Philanthropy, the new professionals and higher education: the advent of Directors of Development and Alumni Relations. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35 (1), pp. 21-33.

Daly, S. (2012) 'Philanthropy as an essentially contested concept', Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 23 (3), pp. 535-557.

Daly, S. (2011) 'Philanthropy, the Big Society and emerging philanthropic relationships in the UK'. Public Management Review, 13 (8), pp. 1077-1094.

Daly, S. (2008) 'Institutional innovation in philanthropy: community foundations in the UK'. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 19 (3), pp. 219-241.



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