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Dr Siobhan Daly

Associate Professor

Department: Social Sciences

 Dr Siobhan Daly is an Associate Professor and part of the 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 was 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 programme. 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. She is currently Impact Lead.


Siobhan Daly

Campus Address

Lipman 306
City Campus

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.




  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Local Government Officers, Pragmatism and Creativity during Austerity – The case of Urban Green Newcastle, Daly, S., Chapman, R., Pegan, A. 2 Jan 2024, In: Local Government Studies
  • Public and Private in an era of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: Exploring John Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems (1927/2016) to (re)conceptualize philanthropy as a public, Daly, S. 28 Nov 2023, In: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
  • What is the relationship between philanthropy, materiality and public space?, Daly, S. 1 Aug 2023, In: Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing
  • Walking and talking with volunteers: what does walking offer the study of volunteering, space and place?, Daly, S., Allen, M. 1 Oct 2021, In: Community Development Journal
  • 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
  • ‘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

  • 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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