Brian Toibin comes to EFI from the Public Policy and Administration program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brian graduated from James Madison University and received a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. He believes that access to, and the application of, accurate information is critical in the move towards a sustainable future, and that public policies must be implemented that help citizens understand and act upon the challenges and opportunities that overcoming sustainability problems provide.
His current research interests include agricultural and renewable energy policy and how information, education, economics and public policy must correctly intersect in order to bring sustainability issues forward on the public policy agenda. These closely align with EFI's mission and he is grateful and excited to be involved with helping to move the Sustainable Societies educational programs forward.
Besides his current involvement with EFI, his work at VCU has included being an International Relations teaching assistant, organizing the very successful Wilder School Research conferences, and doing outreach work with the City of Richmond on their Sustainability Plan. Other interests include traveling, especially to see live music, sports, reading, writing and politics.