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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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).

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


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.

Research interests

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


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 and Arkotong Longkumer)

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

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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.
Segal LB, Zabiliute E, Motta M, Cruz R, Jefferson AM, Das V. Book Forum. Conflict and Society. 2021 Jun 1;7(1):198-213.
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.
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.
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.