I am a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient. My research interests are: democratization and authoritarianism, election integrity and electoral fraud, and political representation and legitimacy.
I have recently finalised / am currently working on the following research projects:
- ARC DECRA project 2015-2017 Getting elections right? Electoral reform in democracies & autocracies. Project investigates: (a) why and under what conditions electoral reform in electoral democracies and electoral autocracies is successful; (b) how election integrity can be effectively strengthened; and (c) how election integrity affects democratization. This project involves mixed-method research using large-N quantitative analyses as well as qualitative country-case studies. The research project is connected to the Electoral Integrity Project at Sydney University and the Varieties of Democracy Project at Gothenburg University.
- ANDS project 2016-2017 Data on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy (DEDA). Website hosted at UNSW mapping quantitative datasets on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Website: (a) enables sharing of data on these topics; (b) provides a macro data guide to other important datasets in this field accompanied by syntax to merge datasets to enable easy use; (c) aims to provide online data visualisation tools that would allow researchers and the general public to carry out simple data analyses online. Data on Peace & Conflict and Human Rights has been added in 2nd stage of project.
- Electoral Management Research Network 2016-ongoing. Improving Electoral Management: The Organisational Determinants of Electoral Integrity, with T. James, H. Garnett and L. Loeber, University of East Anglia and McGill University. First phase of the project is to collect data on EMB organizational structure and personnel through two surveys set out among EMBs in 30 European countries with support from the Venice Commission. Surveys currently in the field, phase 1 to be completed in April 2017, and results collated in a series of journal articles as a special issue. Phase 2 consists of setting up the Electoral Management Research Network, bringing together European and international scholars in this field to strengthen collaboration and dissemination of research. Funding from University of East Anglia, EIP project and UNSW.