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Friedel Marquardt

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 whether social media is a viable platform for marginalised groups to engage with dominant narratives. She is specifically looking into the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia, which had a strong focus on First Nations deaths in custody, to try to understand if and to what extent this takes place.

PhD Supervisors

  • Mary Walsh (primary supervisor) 

  • Selen Ercan (secondary supervisor) 

  • Hans Asenbaum (secondary supervisor) 


  • Cluster Coordinator, Participedia, 2021-present

Scholarships and Prizes

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

  • University Medal (2019), University of Canberra

Key Publications

  • 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.

Conference Presentations

  • The Politics of Narrative in Media, Political Organisation and Participation (POP) APSA Standing Group Annual Workshop, 6-7 December 2022, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. 

  • Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 26-28 September 2022, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

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

  • “First Nations in Contemporary Australia: Present, but Heard?”, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 20-22 September 2021, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, (online due to COVID restrictions).


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

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

Public Engagement

  • Levin, M., Parry, L., & Marquardt, F. (2022) ‘Best-Interests Decision Making,’ Just Participation Participedia Podcast, 16 August.

  • 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. 

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