Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino

Associate Professor in Politics and Public Policy

College of Business, Government and Law

place Social Science South (327)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino holds a PhD in Political Science, and has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards.

His research focuses on decision-making and political behaviour. It uses a cutting-edge combination of experiments, statistical modelling and real-world data to explain how citizens get to their vote decisions and what consequences this process has to our society. In particular, A/Prof Praino’s research focuses on how voters often make their decisions in a context of low-information. This has recently been in the spotlight worldwide, for example, when a record number of British citizens googled “what is the European Union” after voting for Brexit. How did they arrive to that vote decision, if they didn’t even know what the EU is, and what are the consequences of this behaviour?

Thanks to A/Prof Praino’s research, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners can generate strategies to correct or even predict and prevent adverse consequences to society as a whole. His research has been applied to a vast range of issues, including political scandals and corruption, the political representation of women, child poverty and disparities, and how the physical appearance of candidates can influence voters.

A/Prof Praino’s research has been published by some of the 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 a wide range of sources, including UNICEF, the Australian government, and the Canadian government. It has also featured in some 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 Social Sciences (International Relations and Policies)
  • BA in Social Sciences (International and Diplomatic Relations)
Honours, awards and grants

Selected Major Grants (Career total: $593,739)

  • 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

Director, Graduate Program in Public Administration

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

President, Association for Research between Italy and Australia (ARIA-SA)

Topic coordinator
POAD9058 Research Design
POLI3010 Advanced Perspectives on Public Policy
POAD9015 Economics and Public Policy
POAD9037 Public Financial Management
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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