School of Social and Political Science

Dr Resto Cruz

Job Title

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, 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:

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 14 months 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. It was supported by a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Before rejoining Edinburgh, 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. 

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

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Resto currently teaches on the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including:

  • Ritual and Religion
  • Southeast Asia
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (Supervision)

In previous years, he contributed to teaching on the following courses:

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

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Staff Hours and Guidance

I am happy to meet students, either online (Teams) or in person. You may book a slot using the following pages:

If the available slots don't suit your schedule, please send me an email.



Publications by user content

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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
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.