Catherine Lourdes Dy is a doctoral research fellow under the umbrella of the Erasmus Mundus GEM Joint Doctorate Program. She is currently completing her PhD in cooperation with the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels and the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome. She was an Australian Leadership Award Scholar at The Australian National University from which she graduated with a MA International Relations and Master of Diplomacy in 2012. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a faculty member at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests lie within the realm of postcolonial studies, namely in examining issues in the periphery of political science and international relations. Her areas of specialization include human rights and democracy: in particular, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the theoretical dimensions of the quality of democracy, particularly in unrecognized and marginalized States. She is also affiliated with the University of the Philippines’ Third World Studies Center and the Norges forskningsråd’s Research School of Peace and Conflict.