President and CEO, Grande Prairie Regional College

Robert W. Murray, PhD




University of Alberta, 2010

Political Science

Dissertation title: "Anarchy, Self-Interest and Rationality: Assessing the Impact of the International System on Modern English School Theory"


Dr. Tom Keating (website)

Dr. W. Andy Knight (website)


Brock University, 2007

Political Science

Major paper title: "The Prospect of a Post-Realist Paradigm in International Relations Theory"


Dr. Pierre Lizée (website)

BA (Hons)

Brock University


Honours paper title: "John Jay and the Founding of American Foreign Policy"


Dr. Mark Spencer (website)

Dr. Robert Murray joined GPRC as its President and CEO on December 2, 2019.

Watch Dr. Murray's installation address here.

Prior to coming to GPRC, Dr. Murray was the managing director of the government practice group at Dentons Canada LLP, the world’s largest law firm. In that role, he counseled public-sector and private-sector organizations from a wide range of industries on strategic development and planning, organizational change, crisis and issues management, policy analysis and development, risk analysis and mitigation, governance and government affairs within Canada and globally.

With an eclectic background straddling executive management, research and government affairs, Dr. Murray brings executive-level leadership to the GPRC board and its executive team.

He has held executive-level positions in the professional and business advisory services, economic development, think tank, and education sectors, and has advised extensively on municipal, provincial, federal and international policy issues. He consults on policy and political matters, both nationally and internationally, and has shared his extensive knowledge as a faculty member at the University of Alberta and Brock University.

Dr. Murray holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History from Brock University and has an extensive international academic publication record.

He also holds prestigious fellowships and affiliations, including a Senior Fellowship at the Canadian International Council and a Senior Fellowship at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He also serves on the board of the Organization for the Prevention of Violence.

"Bob is one of the most active and insightful writers on international security today. His breadth of knowledge is remarkable and he has been a strong independent voice in a number of the most pressing issues in contemporary international politics. Bob never flinches from asking the difficult questions and challenging orthodoxy; he has consistently articulated prescriptions and critiques that stem from a pragmatic vision which rejects both fatalism and utopianism." - Dr. Aidan Hehir, Reader in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

"With one foot in the academic, and the other in the policy world, Dr. Murray brings fresh and critical perspectives to a wide rage of practical and theoretical issues of interest to diverse scholars. His penchant for concise and precise analysis, whether related to the Arctic or military intervention, the UN or the Ukraine, Realism or English School theory, informs as much as it excites. Regardless if one agrees or disagrees with Dr. Murray, his carefully articulated positions and reasoning invariably stimulate internal dialogue and debate, which is certainly one of the marks of a great scholar." - Dr. Matthew S. Weinert, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware

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Visit Bob's Google Scholar Profile here.