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Nicole Curato is a Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled ‘Democracy in the Age of Misery,’ which seeks to develop a defensible theory of democracy amidst widespread suffering.

She first joined the Centre as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in 2011 where she worked on an ARC linkage project on the Australian Citizens' Parliament with John Dryzek and Simon Niemeyer.

Before moving to Australia, Nicole completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, University of Manchester, and University of Birmingham, respectively. She is a regular visiting scholar the Department of Government at Uppsala University.

Her work has been published in Policy Sciences, Current Sociology, European Political Science Review and Acta Politica, among others. She is the convener of the First and Second Deliberative Democracy Summer School.

She is a regular contributor of Rappler.com and CNN Philippines and has served as resource person for The New Yorker, The Australian, Vox, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, among others. 

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Research Output

Surviving Disasters by Suppressing Political Storms: Participation as Knowledge Transfer in Community-Based Disaster Governance

CURATO, N. & Calamba, S. J., Mar 2020, In : Critical Sociology. 46, 2, p. 241-256 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action

    CURATO, N., 22 Aug 2019, 1 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 199 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Medical Populism

    Lasco, G. & CURATO, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Social Science and Medicine. 221, p. 1-8 8 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


    Curato, N., Hammond, M. & Min, J. B., 2019, Power in Deliberative Democracy Norms, Forums, Systems. Curato, N., Hammond, M. & Min, J. B. (eds.). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 25-59 35 p. (Political Philosophy and Public Purpose).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Power in Deliberative Democracy: Norms, Forums, Systems

    CURATO, N., Hammond, M. & Min, J. B., 2019, New York, US: Palgrave Macmillan. 202 p. (Political Philosophy and Public Purpose)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook