Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM)
The ITN ELECDEM brings together 11 expert teams from 9 European countries to provide substantive and methodological training in elections research to a cohort of early stage and experienced researchers. Researchers will join a team that brings together world leading scholars in the cross-national study of elections and industry partners TNS Opinion and Kieskompas to provide training and research opportunities. The research projects draw on cross-national election studies such as the European Election Study and the CSES.
Two PhD students – Federico Vegetti and Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca – are participating in the Mannheim Graduate School as part of the ELECDEM Initial Training Network. In 2012, both of them attended methodological workshops organised by ELECDEM, ECPR, and the University of Milan; they presented parts of their dissertation work at international conferences (MPSA, EPSA, EPOP, and the ELECDEM Final Conference). Constanza Sanhueza in addition spent a month at the University of Montreal on an ELECDEM secondment. Both of them were on a part-time teaching position during the fall semester in order to enable them to finalise their dissertation work.