Professor Jung elected as new President of the European Research Network on Philanthropy

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Professor Tobias Jung, Director of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good and Head of School at the University of St Andrews’ School of Management, has been elected as the new President of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).

The European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) is an international interdisciplinary network focused on advancing, coordinating and promoting excellence in research on philanthropy in Europe. 

Professor Jung said: “This is both a great honour and a fantastic opportunity to advance the European philanthropy research field.

While Europe can look back on centuries of philanthropic practices and traditions, the knowledge base on philanthropy has tended to be dominated by insights and ideas from the US.

Strengthening contextual and more nuanced understanding of philanthropy in Europe, and for European philanthropy policy and practice, is paramount.

If we want to successfully utilise the significant potential philanthropy presents for addressing pressing social, economic and environmental challenges, we need to make sure that we proceed from a robust, critically-reflective and research-informed knowledge-base.

Professor Jung is a leading expert in philanthropy, particularly on the nature and roles of philanthropic foundations and trusts.

He is co-editor of the international handbook on philanthropy, The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, co-editor of the Global Perspectives on Philanthropy and Public Good book series, and book review editor for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). He is 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.

Founded in 2008, ERNOP brings together 250 members from almost 30 mostly European countries. Working closely with European networks of philanthropy professionals and individual philanthropic institutions, as well as with other academic research networks in related areas, ERNOP is advancing philanthropy research, knowledge-exchange and capacity building across academia, policy and practice. 

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