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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Resto Cruz

Resto Cruz
Resto Cruz
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Kinship and relatedness, Siblingship, personhood, Work, social mobility, Middle class, Inequality, Inheritance, Education, Professions, Transnational labour migration, Care, Intergenerational relations, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Austronesia

PhD Title

Becoming middle class: kinship, personhood, and social mobility in the central Philippines

Research Interview

I am now a Research Associate at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives of the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester. Please see my page here. My email address is 

PhD thesis

Becoming middle class: kinship, personhood, and social mobility in the central Philippines


Prof Janet Carsten

Dr Jacob Copeman


PhD in Social Anthropology. 2017. The University of Edinburgh.

MA in Global Politics. 2008. Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

BA in Development Studies, with minors in Sociology and Global Politics. 2005. Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Previous appointments

2011 to 2012. Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University. 

2007 to 2009. Research Analyst and Field Research Team Leader, Migration and the Family Research Group, Ateneo de Manila University.

2006 to 2012. Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University.


Cruz, R. S., I. 2014. Review of 'Filipinos in Canada: disturbing invisibility' (edited by Roland Sintos Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, John Paul C. Catungal, and Lisa M. Davidson). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 62(2): 284-288.(PDF)

Cruz, R. S., I. 2013. 'A certain age: colonial Jakarta through the memories of its intellectuals' (Book review). Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South 1(2): 105-13.(PDF)

Cruz, R. S., I. 2012. Figures of migration: gender, kinship, and the politics of representation. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 60(4): 513-54. (PDF)

Aguilar, F.V., Jr., with J.E.Z. Peñalosa, T.B.T. Liwanag, R.S. Cruz I, and J.M. Melendrez. 2009. Maalwang buhay: family, overseas migration, and cultures of relatedness in Barangay Paraiso. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press; Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.(Link)

Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes

2017. Evans Fund Award, Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

2016. Wadsworth Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation

2014. Edinburgh Fieldwork Prize, Graduate School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh (Link)

2012 to 2015. Wadsworth International Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation

2012 to 2015. Special Award, Social Anthropology and the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh

2011 to 2012. Merit Research Award, Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University

2006. ASEAN Research Scholarship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore 

Conferences and Workshops

2017. Care in Asia: Beyond and Across a Clinic workshop, 28-29 September, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.

2017. Educated People and Disciplined Bodies: Self-governance(s) and Local Re-appropriations of Schooling workshop, 21-22 September, University of St Andrews.

2017. Association for Asian Studies conference. 16-19 March, Toronto. (Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies panel)

2016. European Association of Social Anthropologists conference. 20-23 July, Universita di Milano-Bicocca. (Co-organiser with Giacomo Tabacco (Milano-Bicocca) & Mark Johnson (Goldsmiths) of the panel 'Moving Southeast Asia: circulations, mobilities, and their contemporary entaglements' & paper presenter)

2016. Philippine Studies in the UK 2016: An Interdisciplinary Workshop. 30 June-1 July, University of Edinburgh. (Organiser and paper presenter)

2016. Between Precarity and Prosperity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Global 'New Middle' Workshop, 11 March, Kings College London. (Paper presenter)

2015. European Association for Southeast Asian Studies conference. 11-14 August, University of Vienna. (Paper presenter)

2015. European Association for Southeast Asian Studies master class for PhD students. 10-11 August, University of Vienna. (Paper presenter)

2015. Philippine Studies-UK Workshop. 12 May, University of Leicester. (Paper presenter)

2014. 3rd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium. 22-23 March, Kebble College, Oxford University. (Paper presenter)

2014. Association for Asian Studies conference. 27-30 March, Philadelphia. (Paper presenter)

2013. Dissertation Workshop on Family, Gender, and Generation. Organised by the Association for Asian Studies and the Social Science Research Council, with  support from the Henry Luce Foundation. 18-21 March, San Diego, California. (Participant)

2012. The State in Asia: Power, Citizenship, and the Rule of Law. 12-14 December, Universiteit Leiden. (Paper presenter)


University of Edinburgh (Tutor):

  • Kinship: Structure & Process
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Consumption, Exchange, and Technology
  • Designing and Doing Social Research
  • Social and Political Enquiry 2 (Methodologies in the Social Sciences)
  • Nature of Geographical Knowledge
  • Human Geography

Ateneo de Manila University (Undergraduate Lecturer):

  • Epistemological Issues in Global Politics
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Filipino/a Political Cultures
  • Politics and Development
  • Statistics for Social Scientists
  • Research in Development Studies