Nicole Goodman

Assistant Professor, Status Only; Innovation Policy Lab


Nicole presently serves as Director of the Centre for e-Democracy. Her current research largely focuses on the impacts of digital technology on Canadian political behaviour and public policy. She has also explored such impacts on governance, Indigenous self-determination and innovation. Nicole recently led a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded study of the 2014 Ontario municipal elections to assess the effects of internet voting on voters and election administration in 47 municipalities – the largest attitudinal study carried out on internet voting to date. She is currently part of two multi-year SSHRC-funded research projects that are based on extensive industry, government and community partnerships to understand the impact of digital technology on Canadian cities and Indigenous communities. Findings from these projects will allow us to learn about the effects of technology on voting behaviour, citizen participation, Indigenous self-determination, changes in the efficiency and quality of government service delivery and governance more broadly. Nicole has authored multiple academic papers and government reports and is regularly called upon by governments and organizations in Canada and internationally for her expertise related to voting technologies and electoral modernization. Findings from her recent research have been presented in testimony to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly (Ontario) and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and have been featured in The Globe and MailOttawa CitizenToronto Star, CBC and on TVO as well as other outlets.

For more information about Nicole’s work please visit her personal website.

Selected Publications

Goodman, Nicole, Karen Bird and Chelsea Gabel. “Towards a More Collaborative Political Science: A Partnership Approach.” Accepted at Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Goodman, Nicole. “Private Over Public: A Conservative Approach to Interest Advocacy” in Joanna Everitt and J.P. Lewis Eds., The Blueprint: Conservative parties and their impact on Canadian politics. Accepted at University of Toronto Press.

Gabel, Chelsea, Karen Bird, Nicole Goodman and Brian Budd. “Digital Technology and First Nations Participation and Governance.“ Accepted at Canadian Journal of Native Studies.

Goodman, Nicole and Rodney Smith. 2017. “Electronic Voting in Canadian and Australian Sub-National Elections.” In Robert Krimmer, Melanie Volkamer, Jordi Barrat, ( Electronic Voting: First International Joint Conference, E-Vote-ID 2016, Bregenz, Austria, October 18-21, 2016, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Berlin.*

Krimmer, Robert, Melanie Volkamer, Jordi Barrat, Josh Benaloh, Nicole Goodman, Peter Y. A. Ryan, and Vanessa Teague. 2017. Electronic Voting: First International Joint Conference, E-Vote-ID 2016, Bregenz, Austria, October 18-21, 2016, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Berlin.

Breux, Sandra, Jérôme Couture, and Nicole Goodman. 2016. “Fewer Voters, Higher Stakes? The Applicability of Rational Choice for Voter Turnout in Small Quebec Municipalities.” Published in First Look at Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy: 1-20.

Goodman, Nicole and Jack Lucas. 2016. “Policy Priorities of Municipal Candidates in the 2014 Local Ontario Elections.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 25/2:35-47.

Gabel, Chelsea, Nicole Goodman, Bird, Karen, and Brian Budd. 2016. “What Does Internet Voting Mean for First Nations? A Case Study of Whitefish River First Nation.” The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 7/3:Article 3.

Kamenova, Kalina and Nicole Goodman. 2015. “Public Engagement with Internet Voting in Edmonton: Design, Outcomes, and Challenges to Deliberative Models.” Journal of Public Deliberation, 11/2:Article 4.

Goodman, Nicole. 2014. “Internet Voting in a Local Election in Canada”, in Internet and Democracy in Global Perspective, Studies in Public Choice 31, Eds. Bernard Grofman, Alex Trechsel, and Mark Franklin, Springer Verlag.

Goodman, Nicole and Jon H. Pammett. 2014. “The Patchwork of Internet Voting in Canada.” Electronic Voting: Verifying the Vote (EVOTE), 6th International Conference Proceedings, IEEE.

Goodman, Nicole, Heather Bastedo, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon H. Pammett. 2011. “Young Canadians in the 2008 Federal Election Campaign: Using Facebook to Probe Perceptions of Citizenship and Participation.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 44/4:1-23.

Recently from Nicole Goodman

January 30, 2017. Essex and Goodman: Internet voting will happen. Let’s make sure the research into how it happens is sound, Ottawa Citizen. (with Aleksander Essex)

November 28, 2016.  Electoral Reform and Online Voting, Policy Magazine.

November 3, 2016.  Electoral Reform Conference, University of Ottawa.

October 24, 2016. Internet Voting and Voter Turnout: Does the adoption of the voting reform in Ontario municipal elections positively affect voter participation? Municipal Monitor. (with Leah C. Stokes)

September 26, 2016. Online Voting Roundtable.

August 23, 2016.  Testimony to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

August 2016.  Understanding the Effects of Internet Voting on Elections: Results from the 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections. Toronto: Centre for e-Democracy. (with Heather Pyman)

November 2015.  Internet Voting Development in Ontario: Time for Overarching StandardsPublic Sector Digest. (with Nicole Wellsbury)

October 21, 2014.  Will e-voting boost turnout in Ontario municipal elections? The Globe and Mail.

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