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

  • , Project Manager and Research Associate, University of Sydney (2017-2018)
  • Dr , Research Associate and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity Manager (2017-2018)
  • , Project Coordinator (2017-2018)

Senior Research Fellows (resident)

  • , Trinity College (1st semester 2016)
  • , McMaster University (1st semester 2016)
  • , University of Mannheim (1st semester 2016)
  • , University of Aarhus (1st semester 2016)
  • , University of Bristol (1st semester 2016)
  • Professor , University of Sydney (2015)
  • Professor , University of Sydney (2013)
  • Professor , University of Sydney (2013)
  • Dr , University of Sydney (2014)
  • Professor , Australian National University (2nd semester 2015)

Senior Research Fellows (non-resident)

Past Research Fellows

  • Dr , University of Yerevan, Armenia (1st semester
  • Professor , Presidency University, Kolkata, India (2nd semester 2015)
  • 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)
  • 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)


  • 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 2016)
  • Dr , University of Bologna/University of Milan (2nd semester 2015)
  • , LUISS 'Guido Carli' - University of Rome
  • , University of Chile


Date Speakers Title Discussant Chair
1 March  2016 All fellows and EIP team N.A. N.A. Pippa Norris
8 March  2016 Susanne Schmeidl (UNSW) The contradictions of democracy in Afghanistan: Elites, elections and “people’s rule” post-2001 Astri Suhrke Ferran Martínez i Coma
15 March  2016 Lee Morgenbesser (Griffith) Electoral legitimation and autocratic stability: Timing is everything? Lily Rahim or Aim Sinpeng Pippa Norris
22 March  2016 Pippa Norris (Sydney and Harvard) Electoral integrity and electoral systems Jørgen Elklit Alessandro Nai
29 March  2016 Mark Franklin (EUI) Does electoral integrity yield more responsive government? Nikolay Marinov Pippa Norris
5 April 2016 Merete Seeberg (Århus University) Can domestic election observers reduce electoral manipulation and violence? Max Grömping / Carolien van Ham Ferran Martínez i Coma
12 April 2016 Karen Bird (McMaster) Ethnic parties and perceptions of electoral integrity Pippa Norris Alessandro Nai
19 April 2016 Nikolay Marinov (Mannheim) Processes or candidates? The International community and the demand for electoral integrity Mark Franklin Alessandro Nai
26 April 2016 Anaïd Flesken (GIGA) Ethnic quotas: A performance evaluation in seven electoral democracies Karen Bird Max Grömping
3 May 2016 Graduate roundtable: Max Grömping (Sydney), Miguel Otaola (Sussex), Andrea Fumarola (Rome) Presentations about ongoing research projects Alessandro Nai Ferran Martínez i Coma