Crick Centre Seminar: Democracy and Post-Disaster Recovery in the Philippines

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by Amy Fedeski


The Crick Centre welcomed visiting scholar, Dr Nicole Curato from the University of Canberra on Wednesday 23rd November for the latest Crick Centre seminar. Nicole’s talk focused on Democracy and Disaster Relief in the Philippines.

Dr Curato’s presentation presented three cases of disaster-affected communities in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Findings suggest that different governance logics emerge in each of these cases: Authoritarian, communitarian and deliberative. Each of these logics promotes particular understandings on who should participate in the reconstruction process and the appropriate scope of action for citizens to express discontent, provide feedback and perform democratic agency. The paper concluded by comparing the legacies of each of these ‘governance enclaves’ and imagining possibilities for participatory politics in post-disaster contexts.


Nicole Curato is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is a recipient of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award based on her work on democratic participation in post-disaster contexts. Her work lies in the intersection between sociology and democratic theory, and has been published in journals including Policy Sciences, Current Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Asia and International Political Science Review, among others.

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