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The Australian National University

Dr Nicole Curato

Postdoctoral Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200


Nicole Curato joined the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in October 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is currently working with Dr. Simon Niemeyer and Prof. John Dryzek on assessing the quality of deliberative systems.

Aside from the theory and practice of deliberative democracy, Nicole’s research interests include fringe forms of political participation and qualitative research methods.

She completed her PhD in Political Sociology at the University of Birmingham and MA Sociology from the University of Manchester. Her doctoral dissertation analysed the impact of marginalised groups using coercive mechanisms as a strategy for deliberative inclusion. She argued that while coercive tactics can be constructive in opening deliberative spaces, they also risk limiting the possibilities for deliberative processes and outcomes.

Research's projects

  • 2011-present, Philippine counterpart for Erasmus University’s project on “Escaping the Middle-income country trap: targeted and pragmatic policies for technological upgrading and worker-inclusive industrial strategies as drawn from a firm-level analysis of Philippines and Thailand,” funded by NWO-VOTRO
  • 2007-2011, PhD Dissertation “Using Force to Gain Voice: The prospects and limits of using coercive tactics to secure deliberative inclusion,” funded by the Overseas Research Awards Scheme and University of Birmingham’s Graduate Teaching Scholarship.


  • Curato, N. (forthcoming) “Deliberative capacity as indicator of democratic quality: The case of the Philippines.” International Political Science Review.
  • Curato, N. and Niemeyer, S. (2013) "Reaching out to overcome political apathy: Building participatory capacity through deliberative engagement." Politics and Policy, 41(3):355-383.
  • Curato, N., Niemeyer, S. and Dryzek, J.S. (2013) "Appreciative and contestatory inquiry in deliberative forums: Can group hugs be dangerous?" Critical Policy Studies, 7(1): 1-17.
  • Curato, N. (2012) "A sequential analysis of democratic deliberation." Acta Politica 47(4): 423-442.
  • Curato, N. (2012) "Respondents as Interlocutors: Translating Deliberative Democratic Principles to Qualitative Interviewing Ethics." Qualitative Inquiry 18(7): 571-582.
  • Curato, N. (2011) "The Road to Oakwood is Paved with Good Intentions: The Oakwood Mutiny and the Politics of Recognition." Philippine Sociological Review.
  • Arugay, A. and Curato, N. (2010) "Militarised Politics and Politicised Military: Society-Military Relations under the Arroyo Regime" in Project 2010: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Legacy, Quezon City: Focus on the Global South
  • Curato, N. (2010) "Addressing the absence of masculine-sensitive research methods: Reflections from interviewing military men." Philippine Social Science Review, 62(2): 245-275
  • Curato, N. (2010) "Democratic Possibilities: The Venezuelan Experience?" in Participation, State and the People, Brendan Howe, Vesselin Popovski and Mark Notaras (eds.), Tokyo: United Nations University Press

Conference papers

  • “Understanding and defining deliberative practice: Methodological innovations in qualitative research“ in Deepening Democracy: Participation, Deliberation or Both?, September 12-14, 2012, University of Bradford, UK
  • “Appreciative and Contestatory Inquiry in Deliberative Forums: Can group hugs be dangerous?” Deliberative Democracy in Action, June 6-7, 2012, Abo Akademi, Finland. (with Dr. Simon Niemeyer and Prof. John S. Dryzek)
  • “Pragma-dialectics as approach to gauging deliberative quality” in British Sociological Association Conference, April 16-18, 2009, Cardiff City Hall
  • “Heart of the Matter: Measuring deliberative quality through a pragma-dialectical approach” in Empirical Approaches to Deliberative Democracy, October 4-5, 2008, Bern Interdisciplinary Center for Deliberative Studies, University of Bern
  • “Philippine and Thai Armed Forces: Perpetually Political?” in Still the Asian Century?, September 10-12, 2008, University of Birmingham
  • “Disciplining populism through deliberative global politics” in Globalization Studies Network Conference, August 25-27, 2008, Waterloo, Ontario


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