Nardine Alnemr

PhD Candidate


Nardine Alnemr is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She researches how algorithms in online communication affect deliberative democracy. Her research interest also includes internet governance and digital rights.


Before moving to Australia, Nardine was a teaching assistant at the British University in Egypt (2016-2018). She worked briefly for Eitjah (Youth and Development Consultancy Institute) and interned at the Saudi Law Training Center. Nardine was an interpreter for election observation delegations during two elections in Egypt (presidential elections in 2014 and parliamentary elections in 2015).

PhD supervisors

  • Simon Niemeyer (Primary Supervisor)

  • Nicole Curato (Secondary Supervisor)

  • John Dryzek (Secondary Supervisor)


Nardine’s thesis is entitled ‘Citizens and intelligent machines: Four accounts of algorithms in deliberative democracy.’ She explores how the roles of algorithms in online communication and decision-making affect deliberative democratic ideals. In this thesis, Nardine argues that current accounts of algorithms in deliberative democracy fall short on contextualising the harms and potentials of algorithms as the focus is on the former. Through this project, Nardine also aims to expand the account of algorithms beyond social media platforms to examine algorithms in online mini-publics and automated decision-making by public institutions and government agencies. As a normative thesis, Nardine demonstrates the ways in which the ideals of deliberative democracy can be brought to allow citizens democratic control over algorithms.


  • Research Assistant, Connecting to Parliament project. September 2020-present.

  • Digital Communications Manager, Deliberative Democracy Digest. April 2021-present.

  • Digital Communications Manager, ECPR Standing Group on Democratic Innovations. October 2020-March 2021.

Public Engagement

  •  Alnemr, N. (2019) Our Women on the Ground: Defying patriarchy in the Arab World. BroadAgenda. 6 November.

Key Publications

  • Hassib, B. & Alnemr, N. (2021). ‘Securitizing the cyber space in Egypt: The dilemma of cybersecurity and democracy.’ In S. N. Romaniuk and M. Manjikian (eds.). Routledge Companion to Global Cyber-Security Strategy. London: Routledge.

  • Alnemr, N., Choucair, T. & Curato, N. (2020). ‘Can the poor exercise deliberative agency in a multimedia saturated society? Lessons from Brazil and Lebanon.’ Political Research Exchange, 2(1).

  • Alnemr, N. (2020). ‘Emancipation cannot be programmed: Blind spots of algorithmic facilitation in online deliberation.’ Contemporary Politics, 26(5): 531-552.


View Nardine Alnemr’s complete list of publications here.  

Conference Presentations

  • ‘Online deliberation with the neutral, unbiased and artificial facilitator’ co-authored with Simon Niemeyer. Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference. 29 March 2020. Virtual Conference.

  • ‘Robots in the public sphere.’ National Institute of Science and Technology for Digital Democracy (INCT.DD) International Conference. 29 October 2020. Virtual Conference.

  • ‘Online deliberation with neutral, unbiased and artificial facilitator.’ European Consortium for Political Research General Conference (ECPR) Annual Conference. 27 August 2020. Virtual Conference.

  • ‘Concubine, slave, or wife? Religious reasons in the Debate About Marriage to Sophia the Robot.’ Robophliosophy Conference 2020, Aarhus University. August 21, 2020. Virtual Conference.

  • ‘Neutral, unbiased and artificial: Artificial intelligence as an ideal for decision-making in deliberative democracy’ co-authored with Simon Niemeyer. Deliberative Democracy Summer School. University of Canberra. 6 February 2020.

  • ‘Robots in the public sphere.’ After Liberalism? Populism and the Future of Democracy. Deakin University. November 22, 2019.

  • ‘Robots in the public sphere.’ Political Organisations and Participation annual workshop. Australian National University. 20 November 2019.  

  • ‘Algorithms and division of labour in public deliberation.’ Annual Conference of the German Communication Association’s Digital Communication Division. 7 November. 2019. Berlin, Germany.

  • ‘Self-censorship and silence as duty: can public servants deliberate anonymously?’ Political Organisations and Participation annual workshop. Macquarie University. 28 November 2018.

  • ‘Megamachines of Mass and Target Surveillance: The Alienation of Online Dissident Opinions’ co-authored with Bassant Hassib. Megacities and development: Megamachines of hope and alienation: International Conference. University of Leicester. 26 June 2018. Cairo, Egypt.


  • Tutor, Investigating and Explaining Society. 2020.

  • Tutor, Introduction to Public Policy. 2019.

  • Tutor, Issues in Political Sociology. 2017-2018.

  • Tutor, Modern Political Theory. 2017.

  • Tutor, Comparative Politics. 2017.

  • Tutor, History of Western Political Thought. 2016-2017.

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Scholarship, Meta-Study of Democratic Deliberation, Australian Research Council. 2018-2021.

  • Fellowship, Youth@IGF (Internet Governance Forum). Funded by Internet Society. 2018.

  • Fellowship, African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). Funded by Association for Progressive Communications (APC). 2017.

  • Fellowship, Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa. Funded by Hivos International. 2015.