Professor Susan Phillips

at Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration


Director, School of Public Policy and Adminsitration, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Susan Phillips is Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada – the oldest and largest public policy school in the country. Her research focuses on the public policy, regulatory and financing frameworks that govern the state’s relationship with civil society and how the ‘public‘ interest is managed in the treatment of organised philanthropy. She applies the policy literature on regulation to the third sector in order to better understand the international trend toward regulation of and by private governance. As governments look to private philanthropy to fill in the gaps left by a shrinking state, she is exploring the ability of community and other foundations not only to mobilize giving but to take leadership roles in their communities and in social innovation. With colleagues at the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School, City University London, Susan is co-editing the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, the first international handbook in this field.

At Carleton University, Dr. Phillips is Research Fellow of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci), a member of the Regulatory Governance Initiative, and the Academic Director of the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership and is leading the development of Canada’s first Masters degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

For Easter term 2012, Susan is a Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, where she spent her sabbatical in 2010-11 and helped to organise a very successful ‘Conversation’ on Women in Leadership.

Susan is a board member of the International Research Society for Public Management, member of the editorial boards of Public Management Review, Policy and Society, The Philanthropist, and the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Society Economy Research and a member of the policy advisory committees of Imagine Canada and Volunteer Canada.