Intifar Chowdhury is an Associate Lecturer at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Her doctoral research tackles the important question of whether young people are turning away from democracy. It constitutes a quantitative enquiry on advanced democracies using survey data from comparative databases.

Prior to this, Intifar obtained a double degree in Science (Biochemistry/Genetics) and International Relations (Honours) at ANU. Currently, she works as the Senior Survey Research Officer for the longitudinal Post School Destination (GENERATION) Survey, conducted by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods in collaboration with the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Intifar has experience providing commentary to a variety of media outlets, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, Al Jazeera, Triple J Hack and AAP, and in May 2022 she appeared on ABC’s Q&A program as a panellist talking about young people and the Australian election.

Intifar’s political commentary on the engagement of young people in politics and issues affecting youth voters has been published in The Conversation, ABC, The Guardian, The Ethics Centre, The Canberra Times and Policy Forum.

Fields of expertise



Democracy Sausage: Hangovers and hard landings

What effect is inflation and rising interest rates having on the financial and psychological wellbeing of Australians? With…

6 September 2023


Young people may decide the outcome of the Voice referendum – here’s why

A referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament is set to be held in the second half…

21 February 2023


Unpopular leaders punished at the polls in 2022 election

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were the most unpopular leaders of any party since 1987, new analysis of…


What will young Australians do with their vote?

There have been suggestions Australia could see a “youthquake” at the upcoming May 21 election. Spurred on by…


Experts predict Reckoning at polls

As Australia barrels towards the federal election, experts from The Australian National University (ANU) say voters may take…


Does Australian democracy need a grand redesign?  

When Kevin Rudd and Labor won Australia’s 2007 federal election, trust in government climbed.    The victory, which ended…

14 December 2021

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