Jonathan Murphy is an internationally recognised expert in the field of democratic development, with a specific focus on strengthening parliaments and other democratic institutions. He is the Head of Programme for INTER PARES | Parliaments in Partnership - EU Global Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Parliaments.
Over the past 20 years, Murphy has worked and consulted with more than 40 parliaments in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Arab region, and the Pacific, and has conducted major reviews and policy development for international agencies including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union, before joining International IDEA in 2019.
Among his career highlights, from 1997 to 2002 Jonathan was director of research in the Canadian parliament, an appointment of the Canadian prime minister. From 2012 to 2015, he headed a major UNDP project in Tunisia to support the inclusive process of development of the country’s first democratic Constitution after the Revolution of 2011. From 2015 to 2018 he designed and led a European Union - UNDP project to reform the Ukrainian parliament.
Jonathan holds a doctorate in management from Cambridge University, and taught international management at Cardiff University in Wales for more than a decade. He has published six books and numerous academic articles, reports, etc. on topics including democratic development, international management, and organizational development.