Fadhilah Fitri Primandari

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Fadhilah Fitri Primandari



Fadhilah is an Integrated PhD student at the Department of Government. Her doctoral project seeks to investigate the gendered aspects of democratic consolidation from a feminist discursive institutionalist lens. 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. Fadhilah 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 on Indonesian politics have appeared in the Australian Journal of Human Rights as well as platforms such as The Diplomat, New Mandala, East Asia Forum, and Policy Forum. Her study and research at the University of Essex is funded by the ESRC through a +4 SeNSS studentship.


  • Bachelor of Political Science Universitas Indonesia (2020)

Research and professional activities


Consolidating Democracy or Men's Rule? A Feminist Discursive Institutionalist Approach to Democratic Consolidation

This project seeks to construct a gendered theoretical framework of democratic consolidation to investigate the exclusion of women from politics in consolidated democracies. Using a feminist discursive institutionalist approach, this study argues that democratic consolidation is a process through which gendered norms, rules and practices perceived as democratic are preserved.

Supervisor: Professor Moya Lloyd , Dr Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

Research interests

Democratisation and democratic consolidation

Feminist methodology



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