Areas of expertise
My research expertise is in the sociology of migration, family, gender, and youth. I also have research interest in narrative and social memory which I am developing further to include a sociological component.
I have a developing research interest in the sociology of emotion.
Membership of professional bodies
European Sociological Association
Research Networks: Sociology of Migration; Sociology of Families and Intimate
Lives; Sociology of Emotions; Sociology of Youth and Generation
British Sociological Association
Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK
‘Working for Work: Unemployment, Seafaring, and Young Filipino Men Securing Their Future through Servitude.’ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Colloquium “Moving Forward – The UK-German Research Network in a Changing World.” Oxford University. 15-17 March 2018.
‘Open Secret: The Exploitation of Young Filipino Men Aspiring to be Seafarers and Its Enabling Conditions and Structures’. XXIV Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) World Congress. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 1-7 October 2017. (invited)
‘Utility Manning: Manufacturing Docility and the Moral Economy of Servitude.’ International Christian Maritime Association. Manila. 27 September 2016. (invited)
Invited Presentations: Lecture Series
‘Utility Manning: Young Filipino Men, Servitude and the Moral Economy of Becoming a Seafarer and Attaining Adulthood.’ Gender Lecture Series, Margherita von Brentano Centre for Gender Research. Free University of Berlin. 8 February 2018.
‘An Exercise in Futurity: Servitude, Uncertainty, and Unemployed Young Men in the Philippines’. Care/Work Lecture Series. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin. 13 June 2017.
‘Kasla Agrekrekkang a Daga Masapulna ti Tudo: Gossip and the Surveillance of Filipino Seafarer Wives’ Morality and Mobility’. Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
‘Isu Pay and Moral Rationality: Male Emigration and the Employment of Women Who Stay.’ Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
‘Utility Manning, Servitude and Imagination.’ University of Lucerne Department of Anthropology Lecture Series. 16 April 2016.
‘Temporality, Unemployment and Young Filipino Men Navigating Uncertain Futures’. Lecture. Sheffield Institute of International Development and Department of Geography Lecture Series. University of Sheffield. 26 February 2015.
‘Becoming a Seafarer: The Hopes and Tribulations of “Utility Men”.’ Hamburg Seaman’s Mission. Hamburg, Germany. 11 April 2018.
‘The Political Economy of Servitude: Aspiring Seafarers and Unpaid Work in Manning Agencies in the Philippines.’ International Migration Institute Research Presentation. Oxford University. April 2017.
‘Working for Work: Temporality, Unemployment and Male Filipino Youths’ Navigation of the Future’. University of Bath Department of Policy and Social Sciences Lecture Series. March 2016.
Manila’s ‘Utility Men’: Agency and Social Adulthood through Servility? Paper presented at Gender and Generational Transformations in Southeast Asia. University of Copenhagen 16 April 2015.
‘Utility Men, Servitude and Youth Unemployment in the Philippines’. University of Hawaii Manoa. 18 March 2015.
2015-2018 Research Associate / Principal Investigator, Freie Universitaet Berlin
2013-2015 Postdoctoral International (POINT) Fellow, Freie Universitaet Berlin
2001-2005 Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman