Michael Macaulay

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  • Category: EMPA Faculty
  • Job Title: Professor
  • Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
  • Department: School of Government
  • Suburb/Town: Wellington
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 (4) 463 9672
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Areas of expertise

  • Public leadership
  • Integrity
  • Public ethics
  • Anti-corruption

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Michael Macaulay is Professor of Public Administration at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington (Te Herenga Waka). He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sunderland (UK) and York St John (UK), and is a former Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). He has published extensively in the fields of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption in leading international journals.

Whilst at VUW, Michael has held a number of senior roles including Associate Dean (Victoria Business School) and Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. During his tenure as Director of IGPS, Michael secured $NZ 7 million in research funding, generating nearly an extra $NZ 1 million in PBRF funding. He organised arranged over 200 roundtables and public events with speakers from all over the world, as well as overseeing publication of Policy Quarterly, NZ’s leading policy practitioner journal.

Professor Macaulay is currently Regional Editor (Pacific Rim) for Public Management Review and was previously co-editor (2013-16) of the International Journal of Public Administration. He has edited several special issues and currently sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He was appointed co-chair of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) permanent study group on integrity and quality of governance in 2011, a position he gave up in 2019.
Michael was NZ lead for Whistling While They Work 2, an ARC-funded research project led by Griffith University into workplace misconduct and whistle-blower protections in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. Working in a consortium with numerous universities and public, private, and NFP agencies, the project is (to date) that largest piece of research of its kind undertaken.

Career Highlights:

  • Professor of Public Administration, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
  • 2010-2013 Professor of Public Management, Teesside University, UK
  • Visiting Professorships held at University of Johannesburg (RSA), University of York St John (UK) and University of Sunderland (UK)
  • Director of Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, NZ (2013-16)
  • Has generated over $NZ 8.5 million in research income (as Principal or Associate Investigator)
  • Regional Editor (Pacific Rim) for Public Management Review
  • Co-chair, European Group of Public Administration a permanent study group on integrity and quality of governance. (2011-2019).
  • Former judge (Teesside Bench, UK, 2005-2013).
  • Advised and consulted international bodies including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Council of Europe and Transparency International.

His recent publications include:

Journal articles

M. Macaulay (2020) In search of a golden thread: recent developments in public management across New Zealand and Australia, Public Management Review (online) https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2020.1796289
M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Towards a New Public Ethics’ Policy Quarterly, Vo1. 16, No, 1 pp. 37-42 https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v16i1.6358
R. J. Scott and M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Making sense of New Zealand’s ‘spirit of service’: social identity and the civil service’, Public Money and Management (online) https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2020.1735109

Book chapters

M. Macaulay (2020) ‘Virtue and morality in public administration: values driven leadership in public sector agencies’ in A. Graycar, ed. Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption (London: Edward Elgar
N. Dennis, N. and M. Macaulay,(2020) Dark magi: tales of improvisation, transposition and intellectual cross-pollinations in Fillis, I. ed. Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Marketing (London: Edward Elgar)
M. Macaulay, (2020) ‘Public knowledge and citizenship’ in E. Johnson, ed., Public Knowledge ed. (Christchurch: Freerange Press)

ANZSOG programs

Dr Macaulay teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
    - Managing Public Sector Organisations
  • Leading Ethical Organisations (workshop leader)