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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

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 (Hons) in Political Science and Government at University of Barcelona (Spain), and an MSc in Citizenship and Democracy (Research) at University of Southampton (UK).

Elisabeth’s research focuses on analysing the functioning of coalition governments in practice in developed democracies and the consequences of this for political corruption. Her research combines both quantitative and qualitative methods and is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, via the North-East Doctoral Training Centre.

Throughout her PhD, she has worked as Research Officer at the SGIA PhD Association, and as a Teaching Assistant at the SGIA. 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

Teaching Areas

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

Selected Grants

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