Erik Asplund

Senior Programme Officer
Elections, Democracy Assessment and Analysis


Erik Asplund is a Senior Programme Officer in the Electoral Processes Programme, International IDEA and the Deputy Chair of the Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) project.

His research covers elections during emergencies and crises (with an emphasis on natural disasters and Covid-19),  training and professional development in electoral administration,  and financing of elections.  Asplund has worked directly with over two dozen electoral management bodies and civil society organizations in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He is the host of ‘Peer-to-Peer’, an International IDEA’s podcast series on electoral processes.

From 2015 to 2016 he worked as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network partnership coordinator.  Before joining the institute Erik worked for Tostan International and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He holds a Master’s in International Studies from Uppsala University, and a BA in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is an accredited BRIDGE workshop facilitator and curriculum writer. 

Asplund joined International IDEA in 2009. 

Master’s in International Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. B.Sc. Economics, Stockholm University, Sweden. B.A. Modern History, Economic History and Politics, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
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Stockholm, Sweden