Practice Lead – Government Transformation
Michael holds a doctorate in International Relations from Balliol College, University of Oxford. His doctoral dissertation, Imagined Security, developed a new understanding of the role of trust in international politics and focused on explaining how trust underpins the remarkable peace that has emerged between liberal democracies. Michael’s thesis and associated research have won a number of awards, including the 2015 Lord Bryce Prize for best International Relations doctoral thesis in Britain.
Committed to ensuring his work’s relevance outside the ivory tower, Michael has written regularly for Oxford Analytica, a global analysis and advisory firm, and his research and analysis have appeared in both academic publications and major newspapers such as The Toronto Star, The National Post and Winnipeg Free Press. He is also a Co-Chair of the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT).
Michael is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Rhodes scholarship and a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. In addition to Oxford, he holds degrees from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and Queen’s University.