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Research Fellow, Democracy and Citizen Engagement, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Dr Adele Webb is Research Fellow in Democracy and Citizen Engagement at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, where she is involved with the Connecting to Parliament project and in teaching for the Masters of Public Policy.

Adele is an early career political sociologist researching how citizens think about democracy, when and why they hold ambivalent attitudes to democracy, and how subjectivities and the political unconscious affect their engagement with democratic processes. Adele is also interested in Southeast Asian Politics, Post-Colonial Theory and Critical Interpretive methods.

After completing her PhD at the University of Sydney (2019), Adele has held positions at Heidelberg University, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. She has been invited to give public talks and lectures in Australia, Germany and the Philippines.

Adele’s first monograph, Chasing Freedom: The Philippines’ Long Journey to Democratic Ambivalence, was published by Liverpool University Press and Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2022.

Alongside her academic work, Adele maintains an active profile in public engagement. She has a track record of disseminating her research findings through high impact media commentary.

Adele worked for almost a decade in the International Development sector, including six years as Executive Director of Sydney-based NGO Jubilee Australia. She maintains an interest in activism around global justice, she has consulted for the UNESCAP and Griffith Asia Institute, and currently sits on the Research Committee of Jubilee Australia Research Centre.


  • 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)