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I am an international relations expert. I work as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Complutense University of Madrid, a position funded by the European Union (grant no. 847635). I am also an Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney, and an Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI), a global top-20 international relations think tank.

My fields of expertise comprise Australian and Italian foreign and security policy; middle and great power theory; the Indo-Pacific; and irregular migration. I was awarded my PhD in International Relations in 2019 by the University of Sydney.

My research has been published by top-tier scientific journals, including International Affairs, International Political Science ReviewEuropean Political Science, Contemporary Politics, and many others. I have recently co-edited an edited book on Italy-Australia relations, and one on "Awkward Powers", a novel concept in international relations. I regularly conduct peer-reviews for the leading journals and publishers in my fields (see this website's "research" section).

I have taught a number of courses in different universities, including World politics and international relations, International security, Contemporary global issues, European politics, Migration politics, Development politics, and Australian foreign and security policy.

I have been invited as an expert at the Italian Parliament (both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies) and the IUGM Institute of the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

I have an extensive experience with media and public relations. Prior to joining academia, I worked in television (EcoTv) and radio (SBS) broadcasting companies, as well as in political foundations (UniVerde), dealing with domestic and global political affairs. I am often interviewed by media on international relations and security issues.

At the beginning of 2024 I was Visiting Fellow at the FIERI Institute in Turin; in 2021-2022 I was Honorary Research Associate at ACIS, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies. I have been named one of Italy's "most brilliant researchers in Australia" in 2022. I have been Vice President and Board Member of the Dante Alighieri Society Sydney (a not-for-profit) from 2017 to 2022.


I read, cook, and write whenever I can, and when I don't I'm usually travelling somewhere new. Whether you'd like to request an interview or expert advice (consultation), or simply enquire about something, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Gabriele Abbondanza, Australian political expert
Dr. Gabriele Abbondanza, Italian political expert
Gabriele Abbondanza, T. Wilkins, J. Ping, G. Merom, J. Kim
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Australian Foreign and Security Policy

PhD in International Relations

University of Sydney, 2019

Italian Foreign and Security  Policy

Middle Power Theory

Great Power Theory

MA by Research in International Relations

University of Sydney, 2016

BA in Political Science

Roma Tre University, 2011


National Power

Irregular migration governance

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