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
5 Aug 2014 Rich Reading group research projects Introducing all fellows/interns and their projects
12 Aug 2014   Sarah Birch (Glasgow) Cleaning up Elections: The Evolution of Electoral Integrity in New Democracies and Electoral Authoritarian Regimes
26 Aug 2014  

Ben Goldsmith (confirmed)

Authoritarian Elections, Electoral Integrity, and Political Violence:Dangerous Choices from the Menu of Manipulation?
2 Sep 2014   Edward Aspinall (ANU) Vote Buying in Southeast Asia
16 Sep 2014   Rodney Smith
13 Oct 2014   Norbert Kersting (University of Muenster) Online and Offline Participation
21 Oct 2014   Alessandro Nai (University of Geneva) Does the electoral cycle matter for direct democracy? Evidence from citizens' attention to elites and campaigning effects on turnout in Switzerland
4 Nov 2014   Rich Frank (University of Sydney) Election Violence in Nepal
11 Nov 2014   Reading group EIP interns papers