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). His research focuses on philanthropy, nonprofit organisations and evidence-based policy and practice. He is a regular presenter at international academic and practice conferences and is lead-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, the first critical international handbook in the field.
Tobias is currently leading on a long-term collaborative project aimed at building and developing the field of theory and practice in philanthropy, funded through a The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund Legacy Grant, he is a co-investigator on a three-year comparative study of community foundations in Canada and the United Kingdom, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and is supervising a mapping of the literature on 'resilience' as it relates to nonprofits.
Interested in engaged scholarship and in bridging academia, practice and policy, Tobias is actively involved in a number of senior voluntary and public sector roles. He sits on the board of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), is an elected member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) in London, and has previously been an elected member of the Boards of Governors of the St Katharine and Shadwell Trust and of London's East End Community Foundation.