Susan Phillips joined the School in 1988 and has been Director since 2005. Her research focuses on the evolving relationship between government and civil society – in policy development, service delivery and promotion of citizenship. In particular, her work concentrates on comparative analysis of the policy, regulatory and financing frameworks that enable (or constrain) the work of civil society organizations and philanthropy, and the implications for public management. With colleagues at the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP), Cass Business School, City University London, she is currently co-editing the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy,the first international handbook on philanthropy (to be published in 2013). With CGAP colleagues, she is also in the early stages of a multi-year study of place-based philanthropy, examining the community leadership roles played by community foundations.
Susan related areas of research focus on women in leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors, policy and program evaluation, and regulation as a policy instrument. Beginning her academic career in geography and urban planning, she also maintains an interest in urban governance.
Dr. Phillips is a Research Fellow of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3CI), and is centrally involved with the Regulatory Governance Initiative (RGI) and the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. She is a board member of the International Research Society for Public Management, a 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.