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PhD Researcher, Department of Government and International Relations / Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney

Adele is a PhD researcher at University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations, and a member of the Sydney Democracy Network. She specialises in the fields of political sociology and political theory. Her doctoral research uses a historical study of democratisation and the middle classes in the Philippines to challenge core assumptions in contemporary democratic theory and to develop the concept of 'democratic ambivalence'. She has written on Philippine politics for the Australian media. Previously, she worked in international justice advocacy and was director of NGO Jubilee Australia.


  • 2013–present
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Sydney, University of Sydney
  • 2008–2012
    Director, Jubilee Australia


  • 2012 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Political Sociology
  • 2011 
    University of South Africa, Bachelor of Human & Social Studies (Development Studies)
  • 2002 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Arts (History) / LLB


  • 2017
    "'Why Are the Middle-Class Misbehaving?' Exploring Democratic Ambivalence and Authoritarian Nostalgia." , Philippine Sociological Review 65(S1) (Forthcoming)
  • 2017
    A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency (edited by Nicole Curato), Chapter - Hide the Looking Glass: Duterte and the Legacy of American Imperialism (Forthcoming)
  • 2011
    Debt-for-Development Exchanges: History and New Applications (edited by Professor Ross Buckley, University of New South Wales), Chapter 9 - Debt-for-Development Exchanges in Australia: Past, Present and Future (Adele Webb and Luke Fletcher)