I am a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and an Associate Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), a global top-20 international relations and politics think tank.

I specialise in Australian and Italian foreign and security policy; national power, regional, middle, and great power theory; and migration. I was awarded my PhD in International Relations in 2019 by the University of Sydney.

I have authored a number of publications, including research published by European Political Science, History of Political Thought, Australian Journal of International Affairs, The International Spectator, and Indigenous Policy Journal. I am currently co-editing an edited volume 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. 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



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

Regional Power Theory

National Power

Dr. Gabriele Abbondanza and Dr. Thomas W