Professor Robert Mattes

Robert Mattes is Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town.

He is a founder of, and Senior Adviser to Afrobarometer, a ground-breaking regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries.

He has also has helped to launch and run other major research projects such as the African Legislatures Project (Co-Principal Investigator), a systematic study of 17 African parliaments from 2008 to 2012, and the South African National Election Study (Principal Investigator), a series of post-election surveys dating back to 1994.

Finally, as a consultant for various donors and government agents, he has designed and conducted surveys and other research projects in South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

His research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the continent. He is the co-author author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992).