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Staffan I. Lindberg

Affiliated Senior Researcher

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Staffan I. Lindberg was recently promoted to Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg and is Principal Investigator for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) and manages the V-Dem Institute. Lindberg holds a doctorate from the Department of Political Science from Lund University in Sweden. His dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in 2005. Staffan I. Lindberg is Senior Advisor and Research Professor at ILPI and is affiliated to ILPI Centre for African Studies. Professor Lindberg has taught at Kent State University (2005-2006) and at University of Florida (2006-2013). In addition, he has spent two years in Ghana, as a parliamentary advisor and resident officer on Parliamentarians for Global Action’s West Africa program to support governance and institution building in legislatures. Lindberg consults on a regular basis for donors in Africa. In his capacity as V-Dem Principal Investigator, he also works on predictive modelling of transitions to and from democracy.

Professor Lindberg was the co-PI for the research consortium “African Power and Politics” 2007-2009, and has won several grants from both US and in European funders. He is the author of Democracy and Elections in Africa (2006), and the editor of Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition? (2009), and he has published articles on inter alia women’s representation, political clientelism, voting behaviour, party and electoral systems, democratization, popular attitudes, and the Ghanaian legislature and executive-legislative relationships. Lindberg has worked as election observer several times, been appraiser and reviewer of donors program in several Africa countries. As Team Leader, Professor Lindberg also just recently concluded the main evaluation of the Afrobarometer project on behalf of the donors.

Lindberg has also been recognized with a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, as one of only four within the social sciences in the whole of Sweden.

Focus Areas

  • Democracy and Governance
  • Peace and Conflict

Countries & Regions

  • Africa
  • West Africa


  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • English
  • Basic French and Twi
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