Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

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Friedel MarquardtResearch Assistant

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Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra

Friedel is a Research Assistant in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance for the global research project Participedia’s Participatory Governance Cluster.

She is also a PhD student at the University of Canberra, in the School of Politics, Economics and Society in the Business, Government and Law faculty.

Friedel’s PhD thesis, provisionally titled The Politics of Power: Who Controls the Conversation?, considers how social media allows for marginalised groups to write their own narratives, challenge dominant narratives, and encourage political response. She is specifically looking into the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, which had a strong focus on First Nations deaths in custody, to try to understand if and how this takes place.

Her supervisory panel is made up of Mary Walsh (Primary), Jean-Paul Gagnon (Secondary) and Selen Ercan (Secondary).

Having been born and raised in Namibia, Friedel has a great love and appreciation for the many cultures that make up our world along with the richness (and good food!) they bring to society.

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Friedel is a Research Assistant in the Centre of Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. She is also a PhD student at the University of Canberra, in the School of Politics, Economics and Society in the Business, Government and Law faculty.

Friedel’s PhD thesis, provisionally titled The Politics of Power: Who Controls the Conversation?, considers how social media allows for marginalised groups to write their own narratives, challenge dominant narratives, and encourage political response. She is specifically looking into the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, which had a strong focus on First Nations deaths in custody, to try to understand if and how this takes place.

Friedel’s research interests lie in democratic innovations, learning from non-Western groups and contexts about governance and decision-making, Indigenous politics, and identity politics. These have been continuing interests throughout her undergraduate and honours studies.

Friedel holds a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations and a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism from the University of Canberra. In 2018, Friedel completed a First-Class Honours thesis that considered how Australia’s representative democratic system can learn from a Yolngu decision-making process to improve outcomes for groups a decision will impact. She received the University Medal for this work.

After a professional stint in media marketing, Friedel has returned to pursue political research and is undertaking a PhD as part of it, along with being a research assistant.

Along with English, she speaks fluent German and Afrikaans (and occasionally attempts Spanish to the extent she knows).

Conference Presentations

“First Nations in Contemporary Australia: Present, but Heard?”

  • Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, September 2021, Macquarie University (virtual)
scholarships & prizes
  • Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (2021-2023), University of Canberra
  • University Medal (2019), University of Canberra
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