Dr Murray Petrie

Murray's main research interests are in public sector governance, public financial management, public sector reform, and international policy cooperation.

IGPS Senior Associate, Dr Murray Petrie
IGPS Senior Associate, Dr Murray Petrie

His main research interests are in the fields of public sector governance, transparency, and accountability; public financial management and budgeting; public sector reform and performance management; international policy cooperation.

Contact details

Email: mpetrie@esg.co.nz
Phone: +64 4 475 6109

Past roles

Murray has worked for the New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has been a consultant to public sector organisations in New Zealand and internationally since 1997, is an active member of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts, and has participated in over 30 missions to IMF member countries.

Budget transparency

Murray is an active contributor to international civil society budget transparency initiatives, such as the Open Budget Survey, and has coordinated multi-country case studies for the International Budget Partnership. He completed the first four bi-annual assessments of budget transparency in NZ against the Open Budget Index (the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 surveys).

Transparency International

Murray has also worked extensively for the World Bank on public investment management; and on the introduction of medium-term budgeting in Bangladesh. He was a founding member of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ), the local chapter of the Berlin-based international anti-corruption NGO, and has worked in a variety of voluntary executive and board roles since it was established in 1998, to promote transparency and good governance in NZ and the region. He co-authored the TINZ National Integrity Study of NZ 2003, and co-directed the 2013 National Integrity Study of NZ.

Murray has an MA (Hons) in economics from Canterbury University, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, and completed his PhD in Public Policy at Victoria University in 2009.

Details of his publications and consulting assignments are available at www.esg.co.nz.