Dr David Murphy, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Collaboration
  • Department of Business, Law, Policing and Social Science, Institute for Industrial Practice
  • Institute for Leadership and Sustainability
  • Business
Dr David Murphy, PhD

Qualifications and memberships

  • PhD International Policy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol (1998)
  • MSc Comparative Development and International Policy, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol (1993)
  • BEd Secondary English, University of Calgary (1987)

Academic and research interests

  • Business-NGO relations on sustainable development
  • Leadership and learning in multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Evaluation of partnering processes and outcomes
  • Participatory action research, collaborative inquiry, appreciative inquiry, applied qualitative research


  • Werna, E , Keivani, R and Murphy, D (2009) Corporate Social Responsibility and Urban Development: Lessons from the South, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Murphy, DF (2013) 'The Global Mercury Partnership: Lessons learned from an independent review of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) partnership area', a paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Edinburgh, Scotland, 29 July 2013.
  • Reid, S , Murphy, DF and Pyres, J (2011) 'Approaches to Building and Managing Partnerships: Contributing to a UNESCO partnership strategy', Vol 1: Main Report & Vol. 2: Annex Report, 30 November 2011, London: The Partnering Initiative.

Recent external roles

  • Senior Associate, The Partnering Initiative, London (2008-2014)
  • Senior Associate, United Nations System Staff College, Turin, Italy (2005-2008)
  • Programme Director & Director, New Academy of Business, University of Bath (1999-2004)
  • Senior Researcher, The Body Shop plc, London, UK (1998-1999)