Fadhilah Fitri Primandari

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Fadhilah Fitri Primandari



Fadhilah is a PhD student at the Department of Government. Her PhD project critiques the conceptualisations and theorisation of democratic consolidation from a feminist lens. In her first year, she worked on re-interpreting the processes of democratisation and democratic institutionalisation using a feminist poststructuralist reformulation of discursive institutionalism. Her study is funded by the ESRC through the South East Network for Social Sciences. Fadhilah is particularly interested in the ways that political knowledge and orientations, especially those related to democracy, are constructed through gendered perceptions, experiences and narratives. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in political science from Universitas Indonesia in August 2020 and has worked in various research roles before beginning her doctoral study. She occasionally writes, and her analysis of Indonesian politics has appeared in the Australian Journal of Human Rights as well as platforms such as The Diplomat, New Mandala, East Asia Forum, and Policy Forum.


  • Bachelor of Political Science Universitas Indonesia (2020)

Research and professional activities


Consolidating Democracy or Men's Rule? A Feminist Reinterpretation of Democratic Consolidation

This project problematises the assumed gender-neutral conception of democratic consolidation and seeks to reinterpret the notion of democratic consolidation from a feminist lens. By actively considering the gendered nature of politics, the study asks whether the democracies that mainstream political science has commonly considered established and consolidated, such as those in the West, can be accurately considered as consolidated democracies. It then offers a rethinking of democratic consolidat

Supervisor: Professor Moya Lloyd , Dr Laura Montanaro

Research interests

Democratisation and democratic consolidation

Feminist methodology



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