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Nicole Curato is a Professor of Political Sociology at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work examines how democratic innovations unfold in the aftermath of tragedies, including disasters, armed conflict, and urban crime. She is the author of Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and the editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

Nicole has received four grants from the Australian Research Council including the Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015), a Discovery Project on the Meta-Sudy of Democratic Deliberation (2017), a Linkage Project on the Global Citizens' Assembly on Genome Editing (2020) and a Special Research Initiative (2021) on Deliberative Integrity. She is also a collaborator in a Norwegian Research Council grant on the Strongmen of Asia.

Aside from her academic work, Nicole maintians an active profile in multimedia public engagement. She has written op-eds for the New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and the Australian Journal of Foreign Affairs. She regularly collaborates with CNN Philippines in conceptualising television specials and occasionally serving as television presenter. She has hosted documentaries and produced podcasts for various outlets.  

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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