Carolien van Ham is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of New South Wales, Australia; a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project at Sydney University and a research associate at the Varieties of Democracy Institute at Gothenburg University. Dr. van Ham is currently working on the Australian Research Council funded research project (2015-2017) “Getting elections right”, investigating (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. Carolien’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, electoral integrity and electoral fraud, and political representation and legitimacy. She has published articles on election integrity, democratization and representation in the European Journal of Political Science, Government and Opposition, Democratization, West European Politics and Electoral Studies, a forthcoming edited volume at Oxford University Press on democratic legitimacy in advanced industrial democracies, a book on legitimacy in the Netherlands, and book chapters in various edited volumes.
Carolien is a co-convener of the Electoral Management Network.