Who We Are

Dr Alasdair Rutherford

Senior Lecturer in Social Statistics in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling.  His research interests are primarily in the analysis of survey and administrative data, particularly involving the third sector.  Alasdair also teaches the postgraduate MSc quantitative methods module and supervises a number of quantitative PhD students.

Alasdair has run number of knowledge exchange and training events for researchers based in third sector organisations. Prior to becoming an academic, Alasdair worked for 8 years in the third sector in marketing, fundraising and research.


Other Members of the Civil Society Data Partnership

Ruchir Shah, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Professor Paul Lambert, University of Stirling

Dr Orian Brook, University of Stirling

Ilse Mackinnon, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Chris Yiu, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Dr Eleanor Burt

Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where specialises in the inter-relationship of digital technologies, information utilisation, and organisational innovation in voluntary and charitable organisations. As well as delivering specialist modules in charity management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, she has been doing research and consultancy on and for charities and other nonprofit organisations for more than two decades.

During this time she has been invited to give evidence to bodies such as the Cabinet Office, the Better Regulation Task Force, and the Kemp Commission. She has also delivered commissioned reports to the Nominet Trust, the Baring Foundation, NCVO, and CVS Fife amongst others. She was a member of the NCVO’s ICT Foresight Research expert panel (2005-2007) and as a Principal Investigator with the ESRC’s Virtual Society Programme (together with Professor John Taylor) she undertook the first large-scale mapping of the uptake and application of Information and Computer Technologies in the UK voluntary sector (1997-1998).

She has published (with colleagues)  in national and international journals and her work has been cited and drawn on by academics as far afield as the USA, Canada, Australia, and China. She has also been a regular contributor to magazines read by charity professionals. In her spare time she has been known to enjoy off-road driving, parachuting, and she has abseiled from the Forth Railway Bridge.