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
12 Aug  2015 Steven Livingston (GWU) Activists beyond borders
25 Aug 2015 Jeffrey Karp (Exeter) Minding the gap between expectations and perceptions of democracy
15 Sep 2015 Simon Jackman (Stanford, ANU, USSC USYD) Unlisted in America
6 Oct  2015 John Keane (USYD) A short history of the future of elections
20 Oct 2015 Alessandro Nai (USYD) Rolling in the deep: How values and personality traits affect perceptions of electoral integrity
17 Oct 2015 Zaad Mahmood (Presidency University India) Electoral integrity in India