WSS Fellow Arnisson Andre C. Ortega receives Excellence in Research Award


World Social Science Fellow Arnisson Andre C. Ortega has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award for his publication Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession.

The Virginia A. Miralao Award is made by the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) to recognize original and meaningful research by promising young social scientists.

In making the award, the PSSC said:

PSSC selected your publication in light of the publication’s innovative take on several national and global contemporaneous events and how all these are unfolding to advance neoliberal tendencies in Philippine development. Your research ably demonstrates how cross- and inter-disciplinary work can contribute to a more meaningful and holistic understanding of social phenomena.

Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession was published in September 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield.

André Ortega is a spatial demographer and urban geographer with research interests in the spatial politics of peri-urban transformations, dispossession and gentrification, transnational migration, and critical demography. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Population Institute. He participated in the World Social Science Fellows’ seminar Sustainable Urbanisation III, which took place in Durban in September 2015, and was selected by the ISSC to join the International Council for Science (ICSU) delegation to Habitat III.

We would like to offer our congratulations to André on behalf of all at the ISSC.