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Research Biography

A/Professor Rodrigo Praino is an expert in decision-making and political behaviour. His research uses a cutting-edge combination of experiments, statistical modelling and real-world data to explain social and political phenomena. He has a strong track-record of research on elections, voting behaviour, and political parties, with particular focus on decision-making. A lot of his work in this area revolves around understanding 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 behaviour 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 with extremely important implications for defence, public policy and international relations. His research in this area is focused on understanding and analysing the importance of space assets for defence, economic development, international relations, and decision-making. He is currently creating at Flinders University an international consortium dedicated to applied research on space politics and policy.

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 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 Commonwealth, 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.

Research Interests

  • Decision-making
  • Elections
  • Political Behaviour
  • Voting
  • Political Parties
  • Space Politics
  • Space Policy


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Government and international relations

Supervisory Interests

  • Public policy
  • Elections and election campaigns
  • Politics, voting and political behaviour/public opinion
  • American politics and political science


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