Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino

Associate Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South (390)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Rodrigo Praino is Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Political Science and has received several prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2018 he became the first political scientist to win a Tall Poppy Science Award for excellence is scientific research and communication.

A/Professor Praino is an expert in decision-making and political behaviour. For over a decade, he has conducted successful research on elections, focusing on how voters make decisions in a context of low-information. His publications in this area cover a wide range of issues, including the effect of political scandals and corruption, the political behavior of young voters, the political representation of women, and the role of candidate physical appearance.

A/Professor Praino is also one of the only scholars in Australia engaged in research on space politics and space policy. This is a growing field of research that is quickly becoming extremely important. He is particularly interested in understanding and analysing the importance of space assets for defence, economic development, international relations, and decision-making. He is founder of the Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC), which conducts research on space politics and policy.

A/Prof Praino’s research has been published by top peer-reviewed academic journals in the Social Sciences, including Political Behavior, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, American Politics Research and Government and Opposition. It has attracted funding from various sources, including the Australian Research Council, SmartSat CRC, Defence, and UNICEF. It has also featured in major international media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Politico, the Times of India, the Pew Research Centre and the Herald Sun.

  • Phd in Political Science
  • MA in Political Science
  • MA in International Relations and Policies
  • BA in International and Diplomatic Relations
Honours, awards and grants

Selected Major Grants (Career total: $1,918,229)

  • SmartSat CRC research grant 2022
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2021 round
  • Department of Defence Strategic Policy Grants 2020
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Insight Grant 2016-2019
  • National Science Week Grant 2018
  • Flinders University Impact Seed Funding 2018
  • UNICEF Malaysia - Malaysia Child Poverty and Disparities Study 2015-2017

Selected Major Honours and Awards

  • South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for ECRs recipient
  • Vice-Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching Award recipient
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship recipient
  • Governor Abraham Ribicoff Fellowship recipient
  • Everett Ladd Fellowship in American Politics recipient
Key responsibilities

Discipline Research Lead (Government)

Director, Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC)

Flinders University Official Representative, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Topic coordinator
POAD9058 Research Design
POLI3010 Advanced Perspectives on Public Policy
POAD9015 Economics and Public Policy
POAD9037 Public Financial Management
GOVT1001 Fundamentals of Public Policy
CRIM7304 Research Design, Methods and Analysis
Supervisory interests
American politics and political science
Elections and election campaigns
Politics, voting and political behaviour/public opinion
Public policy
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: climate change policy (1), political communication (1)
Expert for media contact
United States of America
American politics
European politics
Italian politics
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