BA, PhD, DLitt (UNSW)
Policy and administration

Adam Graycar is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide. He has had careers in both academia and government. He has held professorial positions at Flinders University, National University of Singapore, the Australian National University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and University of New South Wales. While at ANU he was Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, and the founder of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the various senior level posts he has held in both in the Commonwealth and the South Australian Governments. He was the longest serving director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (Commonwealth) and head of the Cabinet Office, government of South Australia. He was also the nation’s first Commissioner for the Ageing (1985-1990). He has worked extensively and globally with agencies such as the United Nations and World Bank.

Graycar has worked extensively in recent years with the United Nations and with the World Bank on corruption prevention and integrity building. He is a leading member of the UN Anti-corruption academic initiative (ACAD), based in Vienna. He has worked over the years with governments in Australia on bridging the gap between research and policy, and has been involved in executive education of civil servants in Australia and internationally. He has appeared before numerous parliamentary committees in Australia, and participated in various OECD and UN activities as a specialist advisor or as an Australian representative.

  • Member, Order of Australia (2016)
  • Co-chair Quality of Governance specialist group, Internation Institute of Administrative Sciences ( since 2012 - 2020)
  • President, Australian Social Policy Association (2013 - 2016)


Graycar, Adam (2020) Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration (editor and co-author), Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar


Graycar, Adam & Prenzler, T. (2013). Understanding and Preventing Corruption, New York & Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Graycar, Adam & Smith, R.G. (2011). Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, (editor and co-author), Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar.


Yan Yifei, & Graycar, Adam. (2020) “Exploring corruption in fisheries.” Natural Resources Forum. 2020;Vol 44: 176-190

Yates, Allan & Graycar, Adam (2020) “Death by a Thousand Cuts: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Corruption in Local Government” , Public Integrity, Vol 22 (1): 85-103

Graycar, Adam (2019) “Mapping corruption in procurement” Journal of Financial Crime Vol 26 (1): 162-178

Graycar, Adam (2018)Policy design for an ageing population” Policy Design and Practice Vol 1: 63-78   

Praino, Rodrigo & Graycar, Adam (2018)  ”Does corruption follow opportunity?: a study of the US Congress” Public Integrity Vol 20: 478-496

Kempf, Robin & Graycar, Adam (2018) Dimensions of authority in oversight agencies: American and Australian comparisons International Journal of Public Administration Vol 41 (14) 1145-1156

Graycar, Adam & Masters, Adam (2018) “Preventing malfeasance in low corruption environments” Journal of Financial Crime Vol 25 (1): 170-186

Graycar, Adam and Jancsics, David, (2017) “Gift Giving and Corruption” International Journal of Public Administration Vol 40 (12): 1013-1023

Graycar, Adam (2016) “Corruption and Public Value” Public Integrity Vol. 18 (4): 339-341

Graycar, Adam (2015) Corruption: Classification and analysis, Policy and Society vol. 34 (2), 87-96

Graycar, Adam (2015) “Corruption.” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press.

Graycar, Adam & Monaghan Olivia (2105) “Rich Country Corruption” International Journal of Public Administration, 38: 586–595,

Van der Wal, Zeger; Graycar, Adam, and Kelly, Kym (2015) “See no Evil, Hear no Evil? Assessing Corruption Risk Perceptions and Strategies of Victorian Public Bodies Australian Journal of Public Administration Vol 75 (1): 3-17

Graycar, Adam. (2014), Corruption, the public service and the community: a Victorian study, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 73 (2), 271-281

Porter, L.E. & Graycar, Adam. (18 November 2013), Hotspots of corruption: applying a problem-oriented policing approach to preventing corruption in the public sector, Security Journal (advance online publication; doi: 10.1057/sj.2013.38)

Graycar, Adam & Sidebottom, A. (2012), Corruption and control: a corruption reduction approach, Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 19 (4) 384 – 399

Joutsen, M & Graycar, Adam. (2012), When Experts and Diplomats Agree: Negotiating Peer Review of the UN Convention Against Corruption, Global Governance vol. 18, 425–439

Graycar, Adam & McCann, B. (2012), Implementation: Making Hard Work of Something Simple, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 71 (3) 343–354

Morris, P.K. & Graycar, Adam (2011), Homicide through a Different Lens, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 53 (5) 823-838

Graycar, Adam & Villa, D. (July 2011), The Loss of Governance Capacity through Corruption, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Vol. 24 (3) 419 – 438

Graycar, Adam (January 2011), Corruption: Global initiatives build on local best practice. Public Administration Today, 11 – 13

Graycar, Adam (2007) Public Policy: core business and by-products, Evidence and Policy, Vol. 3 (4) 567-575


  • James, M and Graycar, A (2003) A safe and secure environment for older Australians. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A and Grabosky, P (2002) Cambridge Handbook of Australian Criminology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Graycar, A, and Grabosky, P. (eds.) (1996) Money Laundering: Risks and Countermeasures. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A. (ed.) (1996) Protecting Superannuation from Criminal Exploitation. Canberra: AIC.
  • Graycar, A and Jamrozik, A (1993) How Australians Live: Social Policy in Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Macmillan.
  • Graycar, A (1979) Welfare Politics in Australia Melbourne, Macmillan