Toby Phillips

Toby Phillips

Head of Research and Policy (Digital Pathways at Oxford) and Executive Director (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker)

Toby is a manager in Digital Pathways at Oxford where he leads a team building a new research programme on governance and regulation of digital tech. He is also the Executive Director of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT).

He previously ran the research and policy team for the Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, a two-year commission of inquiry – chaired by Melinda Gates, Sri Mulyani Indrwati and Strive Masiyiwa – that reset the global discussion on how developing countries can navigate and take advantage of technological disruption.

Prior to joining Oxford University, Toby worked as a civil servant in the Australian government, holding roles across several departments (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s Department, and Department of Human Services). His government experience was focused on domestic policy: social security, aged care, disaster management, housing, higher education, and public finances.

Toby earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with distinction from the Blavatnik School of Government. His first degree was in science, a BSc (hons) with first-class honours from Flinders University, specialising in organic chemistry and molecular biology, which included a year of original research on drug synthesis.