Diarmuid McDonnell is a recently completed PhD Student at the University of Stirling. His research focus is the Scottish charity sector, in particular: the nature of risk for charities; accountability and transparency; risk-based approaches to regulating the sector; and financial vulnerability. He also has methodological interests in the use of administrative data for social science purposes.
Diarmuid's PhD title is "Risk and Resilience in the Scottish Charity Sector" and examines the nature, extent, determinants and outcomes of significant risks in the Scottish charity sector. Utilising linked administrative data derived from the Scottish Charity Regulator, he develops predictive models of public complaints and organisational misconduct in particular, and also assesses the research potential and utility of regulatory data to study risk and makes recommendations of better measures where appropriate. His supervisors are Dr Alasdair Rutherford and Mr Richard Simmons.
Diarmuid's academic background is in sociology, applied social research and business information systems. Prior to becoming a PhD student, Diarmuid worked for three years in research and knowledge exchange for a national education trust - details of these activities can be found here.
His teaching with the Faculty of Social Sciences focuses on quantitative methods; qualitative methods; and contemporary social issues. He has also taught modules in the School of Management at the university.
Diarmuid is a former Social Impact Strategy Doctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and winner, with Dr Alasdair Rutherford, of the Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for best paper at the Voluntary Sector Studies Network 2017 conference.