Comparative public policy for the third sector; philanthropy and nonprofits; public management
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Graduate Supervisor, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Teaching Concentrations: Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; Public Management
Courses Taught: PANL 5002 – Policy and Legal Environment, PANL 5007 – Policy and Program Evaluation
Susan Phillips serves as Supervisor of the Master and Graduate Diploma of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Susan joined the School in 1988 and was Director from 2005-2014. Her research focuses on the evolving relationship between government and civil society, specifically on comparative analysis of the policy, regulatory and financing frameworks that enable (or constrain) the work of nonprofits and philanthropy. She is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, 40 chapters by leading international scholars, and is conducting a SSHRC-funded study of community foundations and place-based philanthropy.
Susan is serving her second term as a board member of the International Research Society for Public Management and in 2015 was elected Secretary of ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. She is a former member of the Policy Advisory Boards of Imagine Canada and Volunteer Canada, and Past Fellow of the Wellesley Institute and the Canada School of Public Service.
In 2015, Susan was awarded Carleton University’s ‘Research and Academic Impact’ Award which recognizes ‘outstanding contributions that entail mobilizing one’s teaching, research, and administrative skills to play a notable role in building on institutional strengths and connections.
- Public Management Review
- Policy and Society
- The Philanthropist
- Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
Publications: Recent and Forthcoming
- The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy. London: Routledge, forthcoming January 2016 (co-edited with T. Jung and J. Harrow).
- “Introduction: Funding Regimes for a New Era,” in P. R. Elson (ed.), Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. In press.
- “A Dawn of Policy Convergence? Third Sector Policy and Regulatory Change among the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Cluster,” Public Management Review, 16, 8, 2014: 1141-63.(with S. R. Smith)
- “Preparing for Impact: Accountability and Performance in Canada’s Third Sector” in K. Seele (ed.), The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada 3rd Toronto: LexisNexis, 2014.
- “Shining Light on Charities or Looking in the Wrong Place? Transparency and Co-Regulation in Canada,” Voluntas, 24, 3, 2013: 881-905. Awarded Best Paper in the journal for 2013.
- “Developing a Better Understanding of Community Foundation in the UK’s Localisms,” Policy and Politics, 41, 3, 2013: 409-27. (with T. Jung and J. Harrow)
- “Restructuring Civil Society in Canada, Muting the Politics of Redistribution,” in K. Banting & J. Myles, (eds.) The Fading of Redistributive Politics: Policy Change and Policy Drift in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013.
- “Dual Restructuring: Civil Society and the Welfare State in Canada, 1985-2005,” British Journal of Canadian Studies, 25, 2, 2012: 161-80.
- “Canadian Leapfrog: From Regulating Charitable Fundraising to Co-Regulating Good Governance,” Voluntas, 23, 3, 2012: 808-29.
- “From Stories to Evidence: How Data Mining can Promote Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector,” Technology Innovation Management Review, July, 2012: 10-15. (with M. Lenzcner)
- “Corporate Governance and Nonprofits: Facing up to hybridisation and homogenisation,” in Wright, D. S. Siegel, K. Keasey, and I. Filatotchev (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. (with J. Harrow)
- “The New Citizenship and Governance: Alternative Intersections,” in D. Levi-Faur (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Moving Away from Hierarchy: Do Horizontality, Partnerships and Distributed Governance Really Signify the End of Accountability?” in H. Bakvis and M. Jarvis (eds.), ‘New Public Management’ to ‘New Political Governance:’ Essays in Honour of Peter C. Aucoin. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. (with C. Howard)
- Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives. London: 2011. (with S. R. Smith).
- “Canada’s ‘New Government’ and the Voluntary Sector: Whither a Policy Agenda,” in Rachel Laforest, ed. The New Federal Policy Agenda and the Voluntary Sector. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.
- “‘You Say you want an Evolution?’: From Citizen to Community Engagement in Canadian Cities,” in J. Martin and E. Brunet-Jailly, eds. Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspective. Toronto: IPAC, 2009.
- Personal Project Pursuit: Goals, Action and Human Flourishing (co-editor with B. R. Little and K. Salmela-Aro). Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- “Personal Projects and Organizational Lives” (with A. M. Grant, B. R. Little) in B. R. Little, S. D. Phillips and K. Salmela-Aro, eds., Personal Project Pursuit: Goals, Action and Human Flourishing, edited by B, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007: 221-46.
- “Another Fine Balance: Managing Diversity in Canadian Cities” (with K. A. H. Graham) in K. Banting, T. J. Courchene and F. L. Seidle, eds., Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada. Institute for Research on Public Policy, Montreal, 2007: 155-194.
- “Policy Analysis and the Voluntary Sector: Evolving Policy Styles,” in L.Dobuzinskis, M. Howlett, D. Laycock, Policy Analysis in Canada: The State of the Art. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007: 497-521.
- “Citizen Engagement: Rewiring the Policy Process” (with R. Laforest) in M. Orsini and M. Smith, eds., Critical Policy Studies. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. (with R. Laforest)
- “The Intersection of Governance and Citizenship in Canada: Not Quite the Third Way,”Policy Matters, 7, 4.Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, August, 2006.
- Assessing Performance: Evaluation Practices and Perspectives in Canada’s Voluntary Sector. Prepared for the SSHRC-funded Voluntary Sector Evaluation Research Projects, 2003. (with M. Hall, Meillat and D. Pickering).
Recent Papers Presented, Selected
- “Interrogating Place in Place-Based Philanthropy: Are Place-Based Funders Distinctive?” Paper presented to the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Denver, CO, November 2014.
- “Comparative Ideational Currents: How ideas about philanthropy move regulatory regimes,” Paper presented to the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Muenster, Germany, July 2014. (with S. R. Smith)
- “Community Foundations as Community Leaders? Comparing developments in Canada and the United Kingdom.”Paper presented to the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Toronto, November 2011, (with T. Jung and J. Harrow).
- “Community foundations’ responses to the changing socio-political landscape across the United Kingdom: Letting go of the past and going for the future?” Paper presented to the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) conference, Vienna, June 2011 (with J. Harrow and T. Jung).
- “State and Self-Regulation of Fundraising in Canada: A Hybrid Approach or Two Solitudes?” Paper presented to the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Istanbul, July 2010.
- “Managing Multiple Missions: The Development of Accreditation Public Policy and Administration Programs in Canada,” Paper presented to Panel Track, Public Management Education and Training, International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), Berne, Switzerland, April 2010 (with L. Pal).
- Governing, Financing and Engaging Civil Society: Looking to the Next Generation,” Paper presented to the Mexico-Canada Civil Society Conference, Puebla, Mexico, February, 2009.
- Invited Convocation Address, Carleton University, November 2007.
Other Publications / Reports
- “Social Participation, Personal Projects and Well-Being: A Social Ecological Framework on the Life-Course.” Paper prepared for Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Policy Research Initiative, 2006 (with B. R. Little).
- From Response to Resiliency: Voluntary Organizations in Health Emergency Management in Canada.Working Paper Series, Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006 (with C .Stoney).
- Voluntary Sector Initiative Process Evaluation.Evaluation prepared for the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector. October 2004. (Team leader on behalf of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development, Carleton University).