Understanding and Addressing Informal Voting in Australia - University of Adelaide Research Scholarship

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The project “Understanding and Addressing Informal Voting in Victoria”  is funded by the University of Adelaide to support a full-time PhD student who wishes to undertake research in the field of electoral and political behaviour. The scholarship is attached to an ARC Linkage Project and our partners are the Victorian Electoral Commission who are offering unprecedent levels of support and co-operation, including the detailed analysis and categorisation of every single informal vote cast in 3 Victorian state and local elections between 2020 and 2024 inclusive. Findings will inform recommended changes to the way elections in Victoria are conducted in future. Although our work focuses on Victoria, findings will be relevant for all Australian jurisdictions and comparable settings worldwide. Apart from Lead CI Hill, the other CIs are A/Prof. Rodrigo Praino (Flinders University) , Paul Thornton-Smith (VEC) and the Victorian Electoral Commissioner, Mr Warwick Gately.  The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. Lisa Hill and co-supervised by A/Prof.Rodrigo Praino. A brief description of the project follows:


Victoria's informal vote rate is high and rising. In order to combat the problem of hundreds of thousands of 'lost votes' at Victorian state and local government elections we must first understand it. This collaboration with the Victorian Electoral Commission addresses the problem at both state and local levels over 3 election periods using 4 distinct studies. We combine experimental data, aggregate-level data and individual-level data to provide a thorough and multi-dimensional picture of informal voting. We will then propose remedies to be trialled and assessed. Taken together, our studies will represent the first multi-dimensional study of informality to be conducted in any Western democracy.



Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or else international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.




The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $28,854 (indexed annually) per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found by contacting Professor Lisa Hill at lisa.hill@adelaide.edu.au



Contact Person: Professor Lisa Hill

School/Discipline of:  Politics and international Relations

Tel: 0432 684 805 Email: lisa.hill@adelaide.edu.au



Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Professor Lisa Hill at lisa.hill@adelaide.edu.au by no later than 2 April 2022 with the name of scholarship in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:


  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Full Academic transcripts
  • Translations of non-English documentation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae