Professor Michael Macaulay

Prof Michael Macaulay profile picture

Professor of Public Administration School of Government


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Integrity, ethics, anti-corruption


Michael Macaulay is Professor of Public Administration at the School of Government.  He was previously Professor of Public Management at Teesside University (UK), and has held visiting professor posts in the UK and South Africa.

Michael’s research interests are ethics, integrity and anti-corruption within a public management and policy context.  He has published over 100 academic papers; is Associate Managing Editor of Public Integrity and is a former (2013-2016) co-executive editor of International Journal of Public Administration.  He sits on the editorial boards of several other journals.  Since 2012 Michael has been co-chair of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) permanent study group on integrity and quality of governance.

In 2019 Michael is course co-ordinator for GOVT 514 Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations and GOVT 534 Public Integrity.

Away from academia, Michael spent seven years as a judge in the UK (Teesside Bench) and has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs in New Zealand and internationally. He has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Council of Europe and Transparency International.   Within New Zealand, he has co-authored evaluations on NZ Police and the State Services Commission.  He has advised SSC, SFO, MoJ, and numerous other agencies on anti-corruption, workplace misconduct and whistleblowing.

Selected publications

  • Macaulay, M. (2020) ‘Virtue and morality in public administration: values driven leadership in public sector agencies’ in Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption (London: Edward Elgar)
  • Macaulay, M. (2020) ‘Towards a New Public Ethics’ Policy Quarterly, Vo1. 16, No, 1 pp. 37-42
  • Macaulay, M. (2020) ‘Public knowledge and citizenship’ in Public Knowledge ed. E. Johnson (Christchurch: Freerange Press)
  • Macaulay, M. (2019) ‘Moving from Trust to Trustworthiness in the Public Services’ in Global Corruption and Ethics Management, ed. C. L. Jurkiewicz (Rowman and Littlefield: Maryland)
  • Reid, M and Macaulay, M (2018) ‘A turbulent past, a turbulent future?  Reform and disruption in the local government of New Zealand’ in The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government, ed. R. Kerley, J. Liddle and P. T. Dunning (London: Routledge)
  • Macaulay, M & M. Rowe  (2019), ‘Happy Ever After? Using Narrative to Create Change in Police Values’, Public Management Review
  • Lofgren, K., M. Macaulay, E. Berman and G. Plimmer (2018). Expectations, Trust and ‘No Surprises’: Perceptions of Autonomy in New Zealand Crown Entities. Australian Journal of Public Administration.
  • M. Rowe & M. Macaulay (2018) ‘Giving voice to the victims of sexual assault: the role of police leadership in organisational change’, Policing: an International Journal
  • Macaulay, M. (2018) ‘Looking back, moving forward: reflections on the developments in the field of Quality and Integrity of Governance’, in The past and the future of EGPA: a community at the heart of the administrative sciences ed. E. Ongario, (Brussels: Bruylant)
  • Macaulay, M (2018) ‘Ethics and Integrity’, The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration Public Management in Europe, eds. E. Ongario and S. Von Thiel (London: Palgrave)


Teaching in 2020