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.
Author and academic Roberto Foa presents lecture on the political implications of populist revolts