Graham joined Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in 2010 after teaching at the University of the South Pacific 2004-2009, Landegg Academy in Switzerland 2000-2003, and the University of Melbourne 1990-2000. He has also had visiting positions at inter alia the University of Papua New Guinea and the National Research Institute in Papua New Guinea. Graham has participated in a range of academic, professional and policy networks, including Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE); the UNDP’s Informal technical Conflict Prevention and Recovery Consultative Group (CPR CG) for the Pacific region; the Pacific Islands Forum’s Forum Regional Security Committee (FRSC); the Commonwealth Local Government Forum – Pacific Project (CLGF); Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD), and the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Commonwealth Pacific Forum of Central Agencies.
Other engagements have included the “Peace, Stability and Development Assessment Advisory Group” (Ministry of National Unity and Reconciliation, Fiji, 2006) and the “Fiji Good Local Governance campaign” steering group (Ministry of Local Government and Commonwealth Local Government Forum, 2006). In recent years Graham has undertaken projects for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNDESA, UNDP, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Global Integrity, and the Commonwealth Secretariat; and has participated in public sector training programs for ANZSOG (PACE), the Fiji Public Service Commission, the Fiji Police, and the Australian Public Service Commission (Pacific Program). He currently serves on the advisory board of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies. He was President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand 2012-16. Since 2014 he has been Academic Director of the Papua New Guinea Foreign Service Training Programme.