Friedel Marquardt

Research Assistant



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 considers if and how social media can empower marginalised communities, particularly regarding producing and distributing their own narratives. 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 whether and how this takes place.

PhD Supervisors

  • Mary Walsh (primary supervisor)

  • Selen Ercan (secondary supervisor)

  • Jean-Paul Gagnon (secondary supervisor)

Public Engagement 

  • Marquardt, F. (2022) ‘People’s participation in process design,’ in Risks and lessons from the deliberative wave. Edited by N. Curato. Deliberative Democracy Digest. 2 May.

  • Marquardt, F. (2022) Who determines the practical meanings of democracy?. ECPR The Loop. 7 April.

  • Marquardt, F. (2022) Who Controls the Narrative? The Power of Social Media, Murra Magazine. February.

  • Marquardt, F. and Ercan, S.A. (2022) Deliberative Integrity Indicators: Some Insights from Participedia. Research Note #3, Deliberative Integrity Project. January.

Conference Presentations

  • The Politics of Narrative in Media, Political Organisation and Participation (POP) APSA Standing Group Annual Workshop, 16-17 February 2022, Brisbane, QLD.

  • First Nations in Contemporary Australia: Present, but Heard?, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 20-22 September 2021, online


  • Tutor, Introduction to Politics and Government, 2022 – present

  • Tutor and guest lecturer, Introduction to Public Policy, 2021


  • Cluster Coordinator, Participedia, 2021-present

Key Publications

  1. Gagnon, J.P., Asenbaum, H., Fleuβ, D., Bassu, S., Guasti, P., Dean, R., Chalaye, P., Alnemr, N., Marquardt, F. & Weiss, A. (2021) The Marginalized Democracies of the World. Democratic Theory, 8(2), 1-18.

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (2021-2023), University of Canberra

  • University Medal (2019), University of Canberra

  • Student Speaker at Faculty of Business, Government and Law graduation (2016), University of Canberra