DR Roberto Foa

DR Roberto Foa


  • Comparative Survey Research (Political Economy)



  • Roberto is Lecturer in Political Science in the Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Government of Harvard University in 2016. His research interests centre on how institutions vary across the world, and why these patterns of variation prove so persistent and resistant to change over time. As a Principal Investigator of the World Values Surveys, he has published articles on quality of government, democratic transition, comparative social indicators, social trust, and patterns of global civil society, and conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, India, and Africa. He is also interested in political methodology, in particular global survey research, index construction and design, and geospatial analysis. His academic publications have appeared in journals such as Governance and the Journal of Democracy, and his non-academic publications in outlets including the New York Times, Vox, and the Financial Times.   


Member of

  • Oxford Altius Society. Member 2014 -
  • World Values Survey. Principal Investigator 2012 -
  • Laboratory for Comparative Social Research. Associate Researcher 2011 -
  • International Political Science Association. Member 2009 -
  • American Political Science Association. Member 2008 -
  • Washington European Society. Former President, Current Trustee 2008 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Harvard University



Available for supervision

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