Ms Phyllis McNally

Ms Phyllis McNally

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Professional membership


Roles on external bodies

Organisational Lead - Community Horizons CIO

CEO - Alter Results CIC



Research interests

Social innovation; community social innovation; social entrepreneurship; intercultural competence development; cultural competence in social work education; global education; education and development; development education; cultural citizenship

Other research

• 2022 – Ongoing Community Horizons CIO and University of Plymouth ‘Alter
Results’ – Barriers to education for mothers of forcibly displaced backgrounds in the
• 2020 - 2021 ACT POSITIVE – lead researcher in the pan-European research project
funded by European Commission, across six countries and eight organisations with
220 participants. Title ‘Analysis of the State of the Art on Employability needs of
second-generation migrants’

Grants & contracts

Jan 2021 – present Organisational Lead Community Horizons CIO, Plymouth
• Organisational lead, manage staff and volunteers
• Design, grant write, secure and manage funding, monitor and evaluation of
community projects
➢ 2022 – ongoing Plymouth Sharing Roots Project £46,000
➢ 2022 – Alter Results Community Research/Stepping Stones Community Education
Project £12,000
➢ 2019-2021 Staying Safe Together £9999 grant by National Lottery & government
➢ 2019-2021 Merging Cultures £1300 grant by National Lottery, Plymouth City
Council, The Box, Vital Sparks, Mayflower400




McNally, P., Apostolopoulos, N. and Al-Dajani, H., 2020. Social innovation in refugee support: Investigating prerequisites towards a conceptual framework. Technological Progress, Inequality and Entrepreneurship: From Consumer Division to Human Centricity, pp.123-138.

This paper investigates the required elements in the advancement of social innovation (SI)
produced by entrepreneurial organisations. These efforts are to assist the establishment of a
new conceptual framework including the voices of those, most vulnerable and ferociously
impacted by not only local but also global crisis. Qualitative data by an organisation which
educates social workers and refugees fuel the concept of social innovation by pointing to the
interplay of structure and agency as well as social issues and impact on economy.