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Resto Cruz

Resto Cruz
Dr Resto Cruz
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
3.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 655 11715
Research Interests
Kinship and relatedness, social mobility, life course research, Intergenerational relations, personhood, personal lives, Archives, Data Studies, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Britain, Youth, ageing, Inequality, class, bioinformation

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Resto Cruz is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, where he also completed his PhD in 2017. Originally a specialist on kinship, personhood, social mobility, and Southeast Asia, his interests now also include Great Britain, birth cohort studies and life course epidemiology, and archives and data. For his PhD, he examined how kinship ties (especially parent-child relations and ties of siblingship) enabled upward social mobility in post-1945 Philippines, but were transformed by the very processes that they engendered. Based on 14 months of ethnographic and archival research, it contributes to wider scholarship on the generative powers of kinship and personhood, as well as their complex and ambivalent character. It was supported by a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

From June 2018 to September 2019, he was Research Associate at the University of Manchester, where he worked on the 'Transitions and Mobilities' project, an interdisciplinary study of postwar girlhood and youth transitions in Britain and their implications for later life (PI Professor Penny Tinkler). As part of this study, he was Visiting Researcher at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at the Institute of Cardiovacular Science, UCL. As an Honorary Research Associate in Sociology at the University of Manchester, he continues to collaborate with colleagues there and at UCL. He is a member of the Wellcome Trust-funded Biosocial Birth Cohort Research Network (BBCR) coordinated by Sahra Gibbon (UCL Anthropology).


I am keen on supervising students with projects related to any of my research interests, especially those working on Southeast Asia and the UK.

My current PhD students are:

  • Victoria Amos (co-supervised with Magnus Course)
  • Chandreyee Goswami (co-supervised with Janet Carsten)


I contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including:

  • Ritual and Religion
  • Kinship: Structure and Process
  • Social Anthropology 1A: The Life Course

As Director of Undergraduate Dissertations, I run the dissertation workshops in Year 4, and oversee the dissertation process between Years 3 and 4.


If you are interested in being supervised by Resto Cruz, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Social Anthropology