Dr. Susan D. Phillips


Dr. Susan Phillips is Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and founder and director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) – Canada’s only graduate program in this field. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy and civil society.

Susan’s research focuses on place-based philanthropy and public policy for nonprofits. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, and is currently leading a study team exploring the question: ‘what makes some charities and nonprofits more resilient than others?’ Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies and public management has been recognized by distinguished service awards from the Canadian research associations in both of these fields


  • The Management Context:  UK, US, Australia and Canada.(in press), in Helmut Anheier and Stefan Toepler (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management. London: Routledge.
  • Dancing with Giraffes: Why Philanthropy Matters for Public Management (2018), Canadian Public Administration, 61(2): 151-183.
  • On Impact: Emerging Challenges of Evaluation for Canada’s Nonprofit Sector (2018), in Keith E. Seel (ed.), The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada 3rd ed. Toronto:  LexisNexis. (with Victoria Carlan).
  • Inputs to Outputs: Redesign of the Canadian Citizenship Regime (2018) in Mireille Paquet, Nora Nagels and Aude-Claire Fourot (eds.), Citizenship as a Regime: Canadian and International Perspectives. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (with Rachel Laforest).
  • Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (2016) London: Routledge. (co-editor and co-author with Tobias Jung and Jenny Harrow).
  • Knowledge as Leadership, Belonging as Community: How Canadian Community Foundations are using Vital Signs for Social Change (2016), Foundation Review, 8(Special Issue): 65-79. (with Ian Bird, Laurel Carlton and Lee Rose).
  • The Changing and Challenging Environment of Nonprofit Human Services:  Implications for Governance and Program Implementation (2016), Nonprofit Policy Forum, 7(1): 63-76. (with Steven Rathgeb Smith).
  • International Trends in Government-Nonprofit Relations:  Constancy, Change and Contradictions (2016), in E. Boris and E. Steuerle (eds.) Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, in press. (with Mark Blumberg).
  • A New ‘New’ Philanthropy:  From Impetus to Impact (2016), in Tobias Jung, Susan D. Phillips and Jenny Harrow (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philanthropy. London, UK:  Routledge. (with Tobias Jung).
  • Public Policy for Philanthropy: Catching the Wave or Creating a Backwater? (2016) in Tobias Jung, Susan D. Phillips and Jenny Harrow (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philanthropy. London, UK: Routledge.(with Steven Rathgeb Smith).
  • Community Foundations: Agility in the Duality of Foundation and Community (2016) in Tobias Jung, Susan D. Phillips and Jenny Harrow (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philanthropy. London, UK:  Routledge.(with Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung).
  • A Dawn of Policy Convergence? Third Sector Policy and Regulatory Change among the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Cluster (2014), Public Management Review, 16(8): 1141-63. (with Steven Rathgeb Smith)
  • Restructuring Civil Society in Canada, Muting the Politics of Redistribution (2013) in Keith G. Banting  and John Myles (eds.), The Fading of Redistributive Politics: Policy Change and Policy Drift in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Shining Light on Charities or Looking in the Wrong Place? Transparency and Co-Regulation in Canada (2013) Voluntas, 24(3): 881-905. Awarded Best Paper in the journal for 2013.
  • Developing a Better Understanding of Community Foundation in the UK’s Localisms (2013) Policy and Politics, 41(3): 409-27. (with Tobias Jung and Jenny Harrow)

Awards & distinctions

  • Research and Career Service Recognition, Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), 2019.
  • Distinguished Service Award for Contribution And Leadership in Research And Practice, Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES), 2016.
  • Potter Foundation Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Centre for Nonprofit Studies, Brisbane, 2016
  • Impact Award, Carleton University for ‘outstanding contributions that entail mobilizing one’s teaching, research, and administrative skills to play a notable role in building on institutional strengths and connections to make a difference, 2015
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • International Research Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Award for Best Paper published in Voluntas in 2013
  • Elected, Visiting Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, 2010-2011, 2012
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School, City University London, 2010-2011