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

Project Director

  • Professor

Full-time Project Research Associates

  • Dr , Project Manager and Research Associate, University of Sydney (from June 2015)
  • Dr , Research Associate, Program Manager PEI, University of Sydney
  • Dr , Program Manager MPT, University of Sydney (on leave)
  • , Project Coordinator, University of Sydney

PhD Postgraduate Research Staff

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

Senior Research Fellows (resident)

  • Professor , University of Sydney (2015)
  • Professor , University of Sydney (2013)
  • Professor , University of Sydney (2013)
  • Dr , University of Sydney (2014)
  • Dr , University of Yerevan, Armenia (1st semester
  • Professor , Australian National University (2nd semester 2015)
  • Professor , Presidency University, Kolkata, India (2nd semester 2015)

Senior Research Fellows (non-resident)

  • Professor Jørgen Elklit, Aarhus University
  • Professor Andrew Reynolds, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Dr Carolien van Ham, University of New South Wales (from Jan 2015)
  • Dr Richard Frank, Australian National University (from Jan 2015)

Past Research Fellows

  • Dr Carolien van Ham, University of Twente (1st semester, 2013)
  • Professor Larry LeDuc, University of Toronto (1st semester, 2013)
  • 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 Münster (2nd semester 2014)


  • 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)
  • , University of Mannheim (1st semester
  • , WZB/Free University of Berlin (1st semester 2015)
  • , University of Michigan (1st semester 2015)
  • , University of Coimbra, Portugal (1st semester 2015)
  • , University of Montreal (2nd semester 2015)
  • , University of Sussex (2nd semester 2015)
  • Dr , University of Bologna/University of Milan (2nd semester 2015)


Date Speakers Title
3 Mar 2015   Introduction of Visiting Fellows and report The Year in Election, 2014
10 Mar 2015 Zulfan Tadjoeddin (UWS) Privatising Elected Posts in Indonesia's Local Democracy
17 Mar 2015 Svitlana Chernykh (ANU) Beyond the Opposition: Who Rejects Electoral Results?
24 Mar 2015 Robert Horvath (La Trobe) Monitoring Elections for Putin
31 Mar 2015 Wolfgan Merkel(WZB) Crisis of Democracy or 'Trendless Fluctuations'
7 Apr 2015 Pippa Norris (Harvard/USYD) Why Elections Fail?
14 Apr 2015 Allen Hicken (UMICH) Combatting Vote Selling: Evidence From A Field Experiment In The Phillipines
21 Apr 2015 Terence Wood (ANU) The Three Political Economies of Electoral Quality in PNG and Solomon Islands
28 Apr 2015 Carolien van Ham (UNSW) From Sticks to Carrots: Electoral Manipulation in Africa 1986-2012
5 May 2015 Armen Mazmanyan (Apella Institute) Political Legalism: How Non-Democratic Regimes Trick Their Electorate and International Observers
12 May 2015 Ferran Martinez I Coma (USYD) Electoral Integrity in Africa