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Ken Carty

Chief Research Officer
Phone: 604 660-1288Fax: 604 660-1236
Ken is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on electoral systems and will be supporting members in their quest to understand these systems.  He has been seconded from the University of British Columbia to work with the Assembly.

Ken is the former head of the UBC’s Political Science department (1996-2001) and teaches courses on Canadian and comparative western politics.  His research is focused on the structure, organization and behaviour of political parties, using both survey research and personal interviewing methods.

He has published widely on the political recruitment, leadership and electoral activities of parties in Canada, Europe and Australia. His most recent book, Rebuilding Canadian Party Politics, is on the transformation of the national party system in Canada and he is completing a book-length study of local party organization and activity with Munroe Eagles, a political geographer at SUNY-Buffalo.

Ken is a Senior Fellow of Green College, one of UBC’s residential graduate colleges.  He is the Chair of the Publications Board of UBC Press and Past-President of the Canadian Political Science Association.  He is also a member of the Canadian Democracy Audit team at the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mt. Allison University and responsible for co-authoring the project’s summary volume.  

Ken is also active in British Columbia life.  In 2002-03, he served on the Federal Election Boundary Commission to redraw the boundaries of B.C.’s constituencies in the House of Commons.  He is chair of the Board of the Vancouver School of Theology and active in his local congregation which has just started a feeding program for the homeless called Out of the Cold. 

Ken escapes academia by skiing in Whistler.  One day he hopes to explore India, although he’d settle for Cajun food and jazz in Louisiana.  Ken is a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan – but we love him anyhow!
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