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Ms Elisabeth de Vega Alavedra, BA (University of Barcelona) & MSc (University of Southampton)

Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Elisabeth joined Durham University in 2015 as Doctoral Candidate in Government and International Affairs. She holds a BA in Political and Administration Sciences from the University of Barcelona, and an MSc in Citizenship and Democracy (Research) from the University of Southampton.

Elisabeth’s research looks at the effect of government type on corruption in both parliamentary and presidential systems. It analyses the functioning of coalition governments and divided governments in developed democracies and the consequences of this for political corruption. Her research uses quantitative research methods and is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, via the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP).

Throughout her PhD, she has worked as Research Officer at the SGIA PhD Association, and as a Teaching Assistant at SGIA. She has also worked as Anti-Corruption Research Fellow at the Centre for International Private Enterprise, as well as undertaken contract work and internships on financial crime-related issues at Arthur J. Gallagher, the International Governance and Risk Institute, the Council of Europe, and AKE International.

During her undergraduate studies in Barcelona (Spain), she has worked as Undergraduate Research Assistant at 'the Observatory of Coalition Governments in Spain', and as member of the Law Faculty Board and Senate at University of Barcelona (Spain). 

Research Groups

  • Institutions and Political Behaviour

Research Interests

  • Coalition Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Corruption
  • Quantitative Social Science Research Methods
  • U.S. Politics

Teaching Areas

  • SGIA 2321: Democracy and Democratic Theory (40 hours/year.)

Is supervised by

Selected Grants

  • 2015: ESRC Three-year PhD Studentship
  • 2013: Santander Bank Master Scholarship