Nicole Curato is a Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled ‘Democracy in the Age of Misery,’ which seeks to develop a defensible theory of democracy amidst widespread suffering. She first joined the Centre as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in 2011 where she worked on an ARC linkage project on the Australian Citizens’ Parliament with John Dryzek and Simon Niemeyer. Before moving to Australia, Nicole completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines, University of Manchester, and University of Birmingham, respectively. She is a regular visiting scholar the Department of Government at Uppsala University. Her work has been published in Policy Sciences, Current Sociology, European Political Science Review and Acta Politica, among others. She is the convener of the First and Second Deliberative Democracy Summer School. She is a regular contributor of Rappler.com and CNN Philippines and has served as resource person for The New Yorker, The Australian, Vox, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, among others.