The Electoral Integrity Project

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Countries around the world face common challenges of holding contests meeting international standards of electoral integrity. The Electoral Integrity Project focuses upon three main questions:

  • When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity?
  • What happens when elections fail to do so?
  • And what can be done to mitigate these problems?

The Project is an independent academic study with a research team based at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. For more details, see about this project. The website provides information about the research, sharing data, highlighting forthcoming events, publishing working papers, identifying links to useful resources, and news.


Electoral Integrity Project - People

Full-time Project Research Associates

PhD Postgraduate Research Staff

  • Sandra Urquiza, PhD student and Research Assistant, University of Sydney
  • Max Grömping, PhD student and Research Assistant, University of Sydney

Senior Research Fellows (resident)

  • Dr Hilde Coffe, University of Wellington (1st semester 2014)
  • Professor Thomas Brunell, University of Texas at Dallas (24 Feb - 1 April 2014)
  • Dr Ignacio Lago, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (1st semester 2014)
  • Professor Elin Bjarnegård, Uppsala University (1st semester 2014)
  • Professor Par Zetterberg, Uppsala University (1st semester 2014)
  • Dr Alessandro Nai, University of Geneva (2nd semester 2014)
  • Professor Norbert Kersting, University of Muenster (2nd semester 2014)
  • Professor Ben Goldsmith, University of Sydney (2013)
  • Professor Rodney Smith, University of Sydney (2013)
  • Dr Anika Gauja, University of Sydney (2014)

Senior Research Fellows (non-resident)

  • Professor Jørgen Elklit, Aarhus University
  • Professor Andrew Reynolds, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Past Research Fellows

  • Dr Carolien van Ham, University of Twente (1st semester, 2013)
  • Professor Larry LeDuc, University of Toronto (1st semester, 2013)


  • Minh Trinh, Harvard University (2 Sept-1 May 2013)
  • Holly Ann Garnett], McGill University (2nd semester 2014)
  • Marco Valbruzzi, European University Institute (2nd semester 2014)
  • Margarita Zavadskaya, European University Institute (2nd semester 2014)


Date Chair Speakers Title
04 Mar 2014 Pippa All fellows and team Welcome roundtable introducing all fellows and the report ‘The Year in Elections, 2013’
06 Mar 2014 Pippa Kimmo Gronlund (Abo Akademi University) Talking among outselves
11 Mar 2014 Rich

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield (Arizona State University)

Electoral reform, party system evolution and democracy in contemporary Indonesia
18 Mar 2014 Ferran Tom Brunell (University of Texas, Dallas) Partisan gerrymandering in the United States: The impact of Cox v. Larios
25 Mar 2014 Pippa Jeff Karp (ANU) Authoritarian attitudes and political participation in Europe
01 Apr 2014 Ferran Ignacio Lago (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Why democracy prevails: A test of competing explanations
08 Apr 2014 Rich Pippa Norris (University of Sydney and Harvard) Why elections fail: the importance of institutions
15 Apr 2014 Rich Elin Bjarnegård and Pär Zetterberg (Uppsala University) Political parties and gendered political representation
29 Apr 2014 Rich Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) The legal regulation of political parties
06 May 2014 Ferran Hilde Coffe (Victoria University of Wellington) Critical electoral democrats in Sub-Saharan Africa
13 May 2014 Pippa Richard W. Frank (University of Sydney) A mean and treacherous blow’: Understanding election violence against political candidates
20 May 2014 Pippa Ferran Martinez (University of Sydney) Integrity and turnout