Erik Asplund is a Programme Officer in the Electoral Processes Programme, International IDEA. He is currently the lead editor of the Global Overview of COVID-19: Impact on Elections report and co-editor of the joint EIP-IDEA Elections and Covid-19 project and International IDEA’s focal point on natural hazards and elections. Other focus areas include Training, Education and Research in Electoral Administration, Electoral Risk Management and Financing of Elections.
Asplund is an accredited Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop facilitator and curriculum writer. He is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the BRIDGE programme . He also worked as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network Coordinator from 2015 until 2016. Asplund has worked directly with over two dozen election management bodies and civil society organizations in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia on various electoral capacity development projects.
Asplund has also worked with the Democracy Assessment and Analysis Programme with a focus on the State of Democracy and State of Local Democracy citizen-led democracy assessments. Before joining International IDEA, he worked for Tostan in the Gambia on Democracy and Human Rights projects. He has also worked for several think tanks including the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Asplund joined International IDEA in 2009.