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I am an international relations expert. I currently 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 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 often interviewed by media on international relations and security issues.

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

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