Nicole Curato is currently working with Dr Simon Niemeyer and Prof John Dryzek on a Discovery Project which examines how impacts of small group deliberation can be scaled up to mass publics. She first joined the Centre in 2010 as a post-doctoral research fellow on an ARC linkage project about Australia’s First Citizens’ Parliament. Aside from the theory and practice of deliberative democracy, Nicole’s research interests include the role of deliberation in democratisation, fringe forms of political participation and qualitative research methods. She completed her PhD from the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham and MA Sociology from the University of Manchester. Her doctoral dissertation analysed the impact of marginalised groups using coercive mechanisms as a strategy for deliberative inclusion. She argued that while coercive tactics can be constructive in opening deliberative spaces, they also risk limiting the possibilities for deliberative processes and outcomes.