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Tobias is the director and founder of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, Scotland's first research centre dedicated to the growing field of philanthropy studies. His research focuses on the different expressions and traditions of philanthropy, particularly community philanthropy, and the nature and roles of philanthropic foundations and trusts.

Tobias is co-editor of the international handbook on philanthropy, The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, initiator and co-editor of the Global Perspectives on Philanthropy and Public Good book series, President of the European Reseach Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), a Trustee of Foundation Scotland, Scotland's community foundation, and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Japan Branch.

Prior to joining the University of St Andrews in January 2014, Tobias was Principal Research Fellow at Cass Business School City University London, where he worked with the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) and the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE). He is a former Governor and Member of the Boards of Trustees of the St Katharine and Shadwell Trust and of London's EastEnd Community Foundation, and sat on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) in Westminster. Between 2009 and 2015, Tobias served on the Board of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), and, from 2018 till 2022, served on the editorial board and acted as book review editor for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), the highest ranked journal in the nonprofit field. From June 2020 till August 2023, Tobias was Head of the School of Management.

If you are interested in pursuing a qualitative PhD, particularly looking at philanthropy, its various facets and contributions to and roles within society, please get in touch with Professor Jung.

Profile Keywords

Philanthropy; foundations; grantmaking; public good; nonprofit management; third sector; charity; public policy; public sector management.

Teaching activity

  • MN4243 Philanthropy and Philantropreneurs: The Business of Doing Good
  • MN5499 Dissertation

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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