• KY16 9RJ

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Academic/Professional Qualification

BA (Hons), University of Strathclyde

AMETS certificate in research methods

 PhD, University of Strathclyde


Research interests


The management of third sector organisations (eg., charities, voluntary organisations, NGOs), with a particular focus on their engagement with 'digital and data', charities as ethical institutions, charity law and regulation, charities in the democratic process, humanitarian relief.



Anthropocentric narratives (human superiority; pro-natalism; 'sustainable development'), power, and vegans within the university; featurings, understandings, and treatments of other-than-human animals iwthin the public policy process.

Research overview

For many years, Eleanor’s research engaged with:

  • voluntary sector-government relationships
  • new media technologies, information, and strategic change in voluntary organisations
  • freedom of information and organisational change in public bodies.  

Currently her research is examining:

  • anthropocentric grand narratives, power, and vegans in the university
  • other-than-human animals in the public policy process.


Eleanor graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Strathclyde and completed her doctoral research at the same university in 1994. Since then she has been a Principal Investigator [PI] and co-PI on a number of funded research projects, including two major ESRC projects under the Virtual Society and Civil Society Data Partnership programmes. She was co-PI on work commissioned by the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner and has also undertaken commissioned research and consultancies for organisations such as the Baring Foundation, the Nominet Trust, and CVS Fife. She gave oral evidence to the Kemp Commission on the Future of the Voluntary Sector in Scotland and has been an expert advisor to the Cabinet Office, the Better Regulation Task Force, and the NCVO Foresight Panel on Information and Communication Technologies and the Voluntary Sector. She publishes in both academic and professional and popular media. She has been specialising in the charity sector (broadly defined) since 1991.

In recent years, her research has shifted ground to engage with what is sometimes referred to as 'animal ethics'. Here she is engaging with fields and literarures spanning 'animal' law, veganism, de-growth and steady state economics, the anthropocentric grand narratives, power, 'animals' in politics, media studies and other inter-connected perspectives. This work has led her to be deeply critical of the 'sustainable development' narrative and its impact on both captive other-than-human animals and free-roaming other-than-human animals, as well as the planet.

Currently, her research is beginning to focus on two themes in particular:

  • anthropocentric grand narratives, enactments of power, and vegans in the university
  • other-than-human animals in the public policy process.

Profile Keywords

Speciesism; veganism; pan-species and eco-justice

Teaching activity

  • MN2002 Management and Analysis
  • MN4266 Non Government Organisation (NGOs): Contexts, Contributions and Challenges
  • MN5821 Managing Non-Governmental Organisations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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