Roberto Foa










Welcome to my personal web-site. Here you will be able to find links to my articles, cv, and current projects.

I am co-founder of the Centre for the Future of Democracy at the University of Cambridge and an elected Executive Committee member of the World Values Survey. My research examines quality of government, regimes, and the use of data to address public policy challenges. I am also interested in political methodology, including comparative survey work, index construction and design, geospatial analysis, data harmonisation, and the integration of novel data from search or social media with classical survey-based approaches. My academic work has been published in a wide range of Q1 journals, and cited in publications including The Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Guardian and The Atlantic.

I graduated from the University of Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (BA), and completed my Ph.D. at the Harvard University Department of Government. I have previously served as a Peter Martin Fellow at the Financial Times, worked for the World Bank as designer of the Indices of Social Development, served as founding president of the Washington European Society, and Principal Investigator of the World Values Survey in Rwanda (2007), Uzbekistan (2012), Indonesia (2017) and Bangladesh (2018).

A link to my Google Scholar profile can be found here.