Dr. Emma Porio
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University



Keynote Speech“Co-generation of knowledge, Co-creation of Capacities: Approaches to Progress and Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution”

Dr. Emma Porio completed her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Hawaii (UH, Honolulu) on an East-West Center Fellowship grant. While at the University of Hawaii, she taught sociology and gender studies courses at the Department of Sociology and Women’s Studies Program. Upon her return to the Philippines in 1989, she taught at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology while doing research at the Institute of Philippine Culture where she initiated two programs: Urban Poor Studies and Coastal Resource Management. She was chairperson of the department from 1999-2001. Under her leadership, the department was chosen by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence for Sociology. Specializes in development and marginality, urban governance/structures, gender, climate change vulnerability and adaptation/resilience.
From 1994-97, she coordinated the Global Urban Research Initiative (GURI) for Southeast Asia, a research consortium from 12 sub regions, coordinated by the University of Toronto’s Center for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS). Under this program, she conducted research in Southeast Asia on urban governance, housing and settlements. Her current research projects include governance and transformation of local power structures (with the Innovations Program in Local Governance, Ash Institute, Harvard) and democratized decentralization, social justice and gender (with the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex).
Her publications include Urban Governance and Poverty Alleviation in Southeast Asia (1997), Partnership with the Poor (1991), Pathways to Decentralization (1992) and Children in Drugs in the Philippines (2005).
Currently, she chairs the Governing Council of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), policy-making body of the social science associations in the country. From 1989-1992, she served as the sociology representative to the PSSC Executive Board. while she served as President of the Philippine Sociological Society from 1999-2001.
Dr. Porio also sits on the editorial board of the following social science journals: Social Movements (London), Contemporary Politics (Cambridge), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge) and Pondicherry Journal (India).
She also sits on the executive/advisory board of the following international bodies: International Forum of Researchers on Human Settlements (Rome), International Cooperative Housing Board (Washington, DC), Water Supply and Sanitation Council (Rome), Huairou Commission (New York).

She is actively involved in the ff. bodies: Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (Chairperson, 1995-2002; board member 2002-present), the Ateneo Language Learning Center/ALLC (Chairman, 2003-present), Galing Pook Foundation (corporate secretary), National Selection Committee of the Excellence in Local Governance Awards (1995-present), Women’;s Development, Productivity, Research Organization (Board of Trustees, 1999-2005), CHED Technical Committees (Chair for Sociology-Anthropology; Interdisciplinary Studies) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (Chair, Anthropology and Linguistics Section).

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Mohd Roslan Rosnon
Universiti Putra Malaysia

TITLE: ” Negotiated or forced development: The fate of Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia “

Dr. Mohd Roslan Rosnon is Senior Lecturer from Department of Social & Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He was conferred the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Australia in 2016. He is Social Anthropology researcher and currently his research work focuses on Indigenous Education Policy and minority rights especially within the UN system among the Orang Asli in Malaysia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia. In the past, he has conducted numerous studies related on Orang Asli such as issues in community development, consumerism, food plan, social wellbeing, Indigenous tourism, cultural and language studies, equity and rights.

Dr. Aparna Srivastava

Head, School of Liberal Arts
Editor – in – Chief NIU International Journal of Human Rights
Noida International University

Speech Title: ” Reviewing the Paris Principles at 25


Dr. Tuhin Roy

Associate Professor
Khulna University

Speech Title: ” Impact of Climate Change on the Social bonding of Southwestern Region of Bangladesh

Dr. Tuhin Roy completed his Ph.D degree from the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies and obtained his undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2009 he joined as a lecturer of Sociology Discipline of Khulna University. Presently Dr. Roy is working as an associate professor of the same discipline. Recently he conducting the courses is namely, Introduction to sociology, Sociology of Development, Sociology of Environment, Disaster Management, South Asian Studies, Contemporary Bangladesh society and culture, Sociology of organization, Project management, and Research methodology. Before joining in Khulna University, he was a part-time faculty member of Department of Sanskrit, University of Dhaka while he taught Introduction to Sociology. He also appointed as a teaching assistant of BRAC University while he taught Bangladesh studies. In addition, he was also research associate of Banglapedia (National encyclopedia of Bangladesh) from Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

Recently, Dr. Roy published widely in the areas of development, disaster management, environmental politics, coastal risk Management and the vulnerable groups and their livelihoods. He has published 6 books and 20 research articles from the national and international journals. In 2018, he received Overall Best Presentation Award and Session Best Award-2018, International Conference on Social sciences, Colombo, Srilanka. He writes popular articles in Bengali national dailies on various contemporary social issues. He also attended on several national and international conferences as presenter, scientific committee member as well as session chair. His publication include Bangladesher Muktiyudha: Dhaka O Calcutta Biswabidyalayer Obodan (Liberation War of Bangladesh: Contribution of Dhaka and Calcutta University.) UPL (2009) and Vulnerable Occupation and Poverty: A Study on Honey Collectors of Dacope Upazilla, Bangladesh (2011). Recently he has done his  research project entitled on Impacts of Salinity Intrusion on Health of women in Disaster Prone Area of Bangladesh” and his ongoing research project is “Power of religion on Disaster Management in Coastal Bangladesh” funded by Khulna University Research Cell, Bangladesh. He is the life Member of Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka University Alumnai Association and adviser of National Debate Federation (NDF BD), Khulna Zone and Noiayeek (Khulna University debate club). His passion for research and ongoing attachment to vulnerable people contributes to expound his social responsibility for people, community and environment.