Curato, Nicole, C., PhD


Center for Deliberative Democracy
University of Canberra

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Nicole Curato holds the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work examines the character of democracy in “states of emergency”, paying particular attention to the ways in which post-disaster contexts constrain or facilitate democratic innovations. She first joined the Centre as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in 2011. 

Nicole completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Manchester and University of Birmingham, respectively. She taught Sociology in UP Diliman in 2005 and 2012. In 2013, she co-convened UP's Halalan Project.

She is currently the Secretary of the Philippine Sociological Society and served as Issue Editor for the Philippine Sociological Reviewfrom 2013-2015. Her work has published in leading international journals including International Political Science Review, European Political Science Review, Qualitative Inquiry and Acta Politica. In 2013, she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men for the field of Sociology.

She is a regular visiting scholar the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University and, Asian Centre at UP Diliman beginning January 2016. She is a member of the International Sociological Association, British Sociological Association and Standing Group on Democratic Innovations for the European Consortium for Political Research. She regularly writes for

Areas of Expertise

Democratic theory, political sociology, fringe forms of political participation, democratic innovations 

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