School of Social and Political Science

Dr Resto Cruz

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Lecturer in Social Anthropology

photo of Resto taken in Clubbidean reservoir

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Kinship and relatedness, social mobility, life course research, Intergenerational relations, inheritance, personal lives, Archives, data, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Britain, Youth, ageing, Inequality, class


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:

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


Resto Cruz is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His work centres on how lives and relationships unfold over time, the traces that accumulate in their wake, and how they are shaped by, and generate, wider historical transformations. He has conducted ethnographic and archival research in the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

His current book project examines social and geographical mobility in post-1945 central Philippines: how parent-child ties and siblingship propelled the pursuit of upward mobility, but were also transformed by the shifts that they engendered. This project is based on ten years of ethnographic and archival research, and contributes to wider scholarship on the generative powers of kinship and personhood, as well as their complex and ambivalent character. This project builds on his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, supported by a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

From 2018-19, Resto 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. 

Resto originally trained in development studies and global politics at the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), where he was subsequently a sessional lecturer and researcher.

Resto's publications are available on the University of Edinburgh's research portal and his personal Researchgate and profiles. 

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Resto teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including:

  • Generation and Inheritance: Anthropological Concepts
  • Southeast Asia
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (Supervision)

He has also contributed to teaching on the following courses:

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

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Cruz R. Kinship and relatedness as vital lens. In McCallum C, Posocco S, Fotta M, editors, The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2023. p. 94-125. (Cambridge Handbooks in Anthropology). Epub 2023 Sept 29. doi: 10.1017/9781108647410.005
Tinkler P, Fenton L, Cruz R. Introducing ‘resonance’: Revisioning the relationship between youth and later life in women born 1939–52. The Sociological Review. 2022 Dec 22. Epub 2022 Dec 22. doi: 10.1177/00380261221140247
Cruz R, Tinkler P, Fenton L. The kinship of bioinformation: Relations in an evolving archive. In Gonzalez-Polledo EJ, Posocco S, editors, Bioinformation Worlds and Futures. Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2021. p. 54-74 Epub 2021 Nov 30. doi: 10.4324/9780367810030-4
Tinkler P, Cruz R, Fenton L. Recomposing persons: Scavenging and storytelling in a birth cohort archive. History of the Human Sciences. 2021 Jul 1;34(3-4):266-289. Epub 2021 Mar 8. doi: 10.1177/0952695121995398
Segal LB, Zabiliute E, Motta M, Cruz R, Jefferson AM, Das V. Book Forum. Conflict and Society. 2021 Jun 1;7(1):198-213. doi: 10.3167/arcs.2021.070114
Cruz R. Siblingship beyond siblings? Cousins and the shadows of social mobility in the central Philippines. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2020 Jun 30;26(2):321-342. Epub 2020 Apr 7. doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.13250
Cruz R. An inheritance that cannot be stolen: Schooling, kinship, and personhood in post-1945 Central Philippines. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2019 Oct;61(4):894-924. Epub 2019 Oct 3. doi: 10.1017/S0010417519000240
Cruz R. When carabaos move to the city: Owners of the map: motorcycle taxi drivers, mobility, and politics in Bangkok By Claudio Sopranzetti. Anthropology Of This Century (AOTC). 2018 Oct 31;(23).
Cruz I R. Figures of migration: Gender, kinship, and the politics of representation. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. 2012 Dec 31;60(4):513-554. doi: 10.1353/phs.2012.0039