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Dr Gemma Donnelly-Cox

Assistant Professor in Business

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01 896 2316

Gemma Donnelly-Cox (BA, MPhil, DPhil) is an Assistant Professor of Management at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. Her research is focused on philanthropy, organizational hybridity and organizational responses to altered conditions of support at the level of organization, organizational field and society.  She is the co-Director of the Trinity Centre for Social Innovation and has expertise in research, consulting and management in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.

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Dr Donnelly-Cox has published widely on non-profit management and hybridization of organizational forms. She has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and as an Expert for the European Commission. She is a member of the coordinating team for the EGOS Standing Working Group on Civil Society (2019-24).

Her current research is on philanthropy and social investment, and the dynamics of organizational fields, with a focus on institutional logics and entrepreneurship.  Her PhD students are exploring the social entrepreneurial character of state-funded nonprofit organizations and managerial work in faith based organizations.

She completed her DPhil in Management at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in 2001 and her MPhil in Management at Templeton College, University of Oxford in 1990.  She also has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Waterloo.

  • Connecting Nature (H2020): defining measures of impact and sustainability at the firm and city levels for nature based solutions (NBS) in urban development.
  • Social Impact Bonds: Case studies and role in complex public service systems - framing Social Impact Bonds as 'temporary innovation systems'.
  • The field of LGBT literature: Exploring the emergence and development of this organizational field and the response of organizational actors to increasing diversity within the field.


1. Deinstitutionalization in the Field of Peacebuilding
Cannon, S. and Donnelly-Cox, G. (2015) Surviving the Peace: Organizational Responses to Deinstitutionalization of Irish Peacebuilding, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Volume 44, (Issue 2),  p360 – 378.

2. Hybridity and Social Entrepreneurship in Social Housing in Ireland
Rhodes, M.L. and Donnelly-Cox, G. (2014) Hybridity and Social Entrepreneurship in Social Housing in Ireland, Voluntas (January)

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    1. Hybrid Organizations and Social Enterprise
    Donnelly-Cox, G. (2015). 'Civil society governance: Hybridization within third sector and social enterprise domains'  In Laville, J.L., Young, D. and Eynaud, P. (Eds) Civil Society, the Third Sector and Social Enterprise: Governance and Democracy, London, Taylor and Francis, Routeledge Group, pp 6-20.

    2. Non-Profit Organizations and Altered Conditions of Support
    Donnelly-Cox, G. and Healy, J.A. (2013) 'Post-Partnership Ireland: Organizational Survival and Social Strategies in an Era of Economic Restraint' in Laforest, R. (Ed) Taking Stock of Government-Nonprofit Relationships in Times of Recession, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, pp1-16.

    3. Corporate Philanthropy
    Donnelly-Cox, G., O'Regan, A. and McHugh, G. (2013) 'Corporate Philanthropy at a Time of (economic) Crisis - the Irish Experience' in Haynes, K., Murray, A. and Dillard, J. (Eds) Corporate Social Responsibility: A Research Handbook, Abingdon, Oxford, Routeledge, pp255-271.

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