Lecturer, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University

Dr Rodrigo Praino is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Political Science, and has been the receipient of several prestigious fellowships, scholrships and awards.

Rodrigo’s research has three main foci, and revolves around three interconnected branches. The first is dedicated to measuring and analysing issues related to inequality in the USA, Australia and other countries, with particular interest in how states shape social policy in order to address issues related to health, education and income disparities among the population. The second is focused on analysing the career paths of policymakers, with particular attention to anything that determines their political behaviour and resulting policy outcomes. The third has to do with how the previous two issues intersect with personal features and result in outcomes that differ according to gender, ethnicity, ancestry, age and other features.

Dr Praino is currently working on a number of research projects, involving several active international collaborations. Among these are an Australian study of income inequality, a study with American collaborators on the political consequences of scandals involving policymakers, a study with Canadian collaborators on the effects of policymakers’ physical appearance, a study with Italian collaborators on Italian-American politics and policy, and a study on child poverty in Malaysia, financed by UNICEF and the Malaysian government.

Rodrigo’s research has been published by some of the top peer-reviewed academic journals in the Social Sciences. It has also featured in some major international media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Times of India, the Discovery Channel and the Pew Research Centre.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy , Flinders University