Researcher

Dr Carolien van Ham

My Expertise

Research areas:
- Political representation and legitimacy in established democracies; the future of elections; the quality of democracy in old democracies; democratic reform
- Electoral fraud and corruption in new democracies and authoritarian regimes; democratisation and authoritarianism in developing countries; connection between democracy and human rights

Carolien van Ham is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW, and an Australian Research Council DECRA award recipient (2015-2017). She is also a research associate at the Varieties of Democracy Institute and senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, and co-editor of the Routledge book series Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. She received her PhD from the European University Institute. Her research focuses on democracy and democratization, legitimacy and political representation, and the connection between democracy and human rights. She has published in the European Journal of Political Research, Government and Opposition, Democratization, Post-Soviet Affairs, West European Politics and Electoral Studies, is the lead editor of an edited volume on democratic legitimacy in advanced industrial democracies at Oxford University Press, and has authored book chapters in various edited volumes.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

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...view more

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.

 

 


My Qualifications

PhD


My Awards

2016    Research grant for “Data on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy (DEDA)”, funded by Australian National Data Service High Value Data Collections Program. Forthcoming UNSW website mapping quantitative datasets on Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Data on Peace & Conflict and Human Rights to be added in 2nd stage of project.

2016    Research grant for “Improving Electoral Management: The Organisational Determinants of Electoral Integrity” (with T. James, H. Garnett and L. Loeber, University of East Anglia and McGill University), funded by University of East Anglia, Electoral Integrity Project and University of New South Wales.

2016    Research grant for “Empowering citizens for clean elections: The role of domestic election observers in reducing election fraud” (with M. Groemping, University of Sydney), funded by University of New South Wales.

2015    Discovery Early Career Research Award for “Getting elections right? Electoral reform in democracies & autocracies”, project-ID DE150101692, funded by the Australian Research Council. 


My Engagement

Australian Political Science Association

American Political Science Association

International Political Science Association

Dutch Political Science Association

Member of the Executive of the Australian Political Science Association (2016-present)

Member of Research Committee, School of Social Sciences, UNSW (2016-present)

Member of Organizing Committee of Annual Conference of the Australian Political Science Association, UNSW, Sydney (2016)


My Teaching

Carolien van Ham teaches Democracy and Authoritarianism in the 21st century (ARTS2851), and supervises Honours and Postgraduate students in research topics related to (a) democracy, democratization and authoritarianism; (b) corruption, clientelism and electoral fraud; and (c) political representation, legitimacy and democratic reform. 

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Location

130 Morven Brown

Contact

+61(0)432846437