I am a Sessional Lecturer 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.

I specialise in 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 AffairsEuropean Political Science, Contemporary PoliticsHistory of Political Thought, the Australian Journal of International Affairs, and The International Spectator. I have recently co-edited an edited book on "Awkward Powers", a novel concept in international relations.

I have taught a number of courses, including World Politics and International Relations, International Security, Contemporary global issues, and Australian Foreign and Security Policy.

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 Vice President of the Dante Alighieri Society Sydney (a not-for-profit) since 2019, and I have been on the Society's board since 2017. I have been named one of Italy's "most brilliant researchers in Australia" in 2022. In 2021-2024 I am also Honorary Research Associate at ACIS, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies.


I read, cook, and write whenever I can, and when I don't I'm usually on a plane travelling somewhere new. Whether you'd like to do research together, or simply enquire about something, please feel free to contact me.

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



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