Yasmin Dawood

Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Electoral Law

Tier 2 - 2015-10-01
Renewed: 2020-10-01
University of Toronto
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Identifying strategies to improve electoral fairness, voter participation, political accountability, and democratic governance.

Research relevance

This research will improve the fairness and responsiveness of electoral and democratic processes in Canada and other democracies around the world.

Research summary

Free and fair elections are important for every democracy. Yet widescale structural transformations— such as the rise of social media, the erosion of political institutions, the intensification of economic inequality, democratic decline, populist politics and increasing authoritarianism—have created profound challenges for electoral fairness and democratic governance.

Dr. Yasmin Dawood, Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Electoral Law, is examining the impact of these structural transformations. She and her research team are also developing innovative legal responses to address the challenges that these transformations pose to electoral and democratic processes. Ultimately, their research will support electoral integrity and democratic sustainability in Canada and around the world.