The Team

The EMIT team is composed of 14 researchers from the Netherlands, Philippines and Thailand.  They cut across various disciplines such as economics, business management, sociology and anthropology.  The team is led by Prof. dr. Cynthia Bautista from UP-CSSP and Prof. dr. Jean Marie Viaene from EUR.  Dr. Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing is the overall project coordinator.


Prof. dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista

UP Sociology Department

Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista is a Professor of Sociology and former Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the University of the Philippines. She is also Co-Chair of the Technical Panel for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communications of the Commission on Higher Education and former Executive Director of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asian Research Institute, a member Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, and former Chair of the Executive Board of the Philippine Social Science Council.

She has written articles in various topics such as the middle class culture, democratic consolidation, gendered development, social science theory and methodology, sociology in the Philippines, economic crises and the quality of life of Filipinos. In 1994, her book (ed.) In the Shadow of the Lingering Mt. Pinatubo Disaster was conferred the Outstanding Publications Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology.

She has also garnered prestigious awards from esteemed institutions, such as the Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines from the National Academy of Science and Technology (1988), Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (1995) and Achievement Award from the National Research Council of the Philippines (2002). She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Nicole Curato

Nicole is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Australian National University where she conducted research on the theory, practice and methodology of deliberative democracy. She finished her PhD in the University of Birmingham and MA Sociology (with distinction) at the University of Manchester. Nicole’s research on qualitative research methods and deliberative democracy has appeared in journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Acta Politica and Philippine Social Science Review.

Dr. Sol Dalisay

Sol Dalisay is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines in Diliman.  She is also the Coordinator of the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment, also in the same University.  Her research work has covered topics under Gender and Sexuality, the Anthropology of Disaster, Chemical use among young people, Sanitation and Culture and Food and Culture.

Drs. Jo Dionisio

Josephine Dionisio is Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines. Her publications and research interests include critical discourse analysis of development and democracy, social movements and coalition building, and the transformative potential of intercultural dialogues.


Prof. dr. Emmanuel de Dios

UP School of Economics

Emmanuel S. De Dios is the former Dean of the School of Economics and the Amado V. Hernandez Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He is also the Chair of the Technical Committee for Economics at the Commission on Higher Education and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation.

His research interests include institutions and economic development, history of economic thought, international economics and the theory of individual choice. In 1998, he received the Outstanding Research Paper Award as co-author for the article Exchange rate policy: past failures and future tasks from the National Academy of Science and Technology. He also received the Outstanding Publication Award in 1997 from the same organization as editor and co-author of the book Poverty, Growth and Fiscal Crisis. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines and was awarded a post-graduate fellowship at Universität Konstanz in Germany.


Drs. Harro van Heuvelen

Harro van Heuvelen was born in Leeuward on the 19th of August 1985. As a student he has  always been interested in Development Economics. The fact that he lived in Uganda for nine years because of his parents’ missionary work probably has something to do with that. His master thesis in Economics aroused his interest for academic research. His economics thesis supervisor then asked him if he would be interested in working with her on a project related to development economics as a Phd student. This was something he had never thought about or even considered a possibility. However after giving it some thought he realized that this would be something he would like to do.  Aside from a masters degree in International economics and business, he also completed his masters in Econometrics in 2011.


Prof. dr. Kyoko Kusakabe

AIT (Bangkok)

Kyoko Kusakabe is an Associate Professor of Gender and Development Studies, and Associate Dean of the School of Environment, Resources, Development (SERD), at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


Drs. Anne van Lakerveld

Anne van Lakerveld studied Economic Sociology at Lancaster University (UK) and International Development Studies at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS) in Amsterdam (NL). After her studies she worked as project manager with the VBDO (Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development). At the moment she is a CSR consultant at Schuttelaar & Partners and works on CSR strategies, impact studies, stakeholder analyses and CSR reports. In addition, Anne is doing a PhD research on sustainable supply chain management at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


Mekhail Macadaeg


Mekhail Macadaeg is a Research Assistant for the Social Sciences and Philosophy Research Foundation (SSPRF) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He completed his Anthropology studies at the same university with research work on regional commodity fetishism, indigenous knowledge of hazards and resources, urban migration, local socio-economic relations, folklore and linguistics.


Dr. E.O. Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing

Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (ESE-EUR)

Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing is Assistant Professor at the Erasmus School of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).  Her research interests include regional economic integration (ASEAN & EU), political economy of trade liberalization, globalization & poverty.

She graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Economics (MA, Phd course work), and received her doctorate in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2006.


Drs. Promnart Rapipong

Rapipong Promnart is a PhD student in Gender and Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. He completed his MSc in Management Economics at the University of Essex (UK) and the Bachelor of Monetary Economics from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Before joining the AIT, he worked as an economic lecturer for the School of Management at Mae Fah Luang University (Thailand), and also served as a Chairperson of the Economics Major Committee there. His research interests include applied microeconomics, industrial organizations, and the economics of gender. His doctoral dissertation title is “Escaping the Middle Income Trap: Firms’ Strategy and Labour Welfare Analysis”.


Prof. dr. Michael Tan

UP College of Social Science and Philosophy

Tan is currently the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) at the University of the Philippines.  He has authored numerous books and articles, often focusing on: indigenous medical beliefs, sex and sexuality, reproductive and sexual health (particularly HIV/AIDS), pharmaceuticals, and health policy issues.


Prof. dr. Rob van Tulder

Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands)

Dr. Rob Van Tulder is Professor of International Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He has been visiting professor in a number of universities and consultant to international organisations (such as the UN, the IMF and the European Union), multinational enterprises, Non-Governmental Organisations and ministries around the world. He is co-founder of the department of Business-Society Management, one of the leading departments in the world studying and teaching about the contribution of business and leaders towards society. He founded the SCOPE databank project, which in collaboration with UNCTAD compiles the listings of the world’s largest TNCs from developed and developing countries. Every year this list is published and referred as ‘UNCTAD/Erasmus University databank’.  Dr. Van Tulder is co-founder of the Expert Centre on Sustainable Business and Development Cooperation and rotating chair of the Department of Business-Society Management. Rob is presently also academic director of the Partnerships Resource Centre ( that studies the cross-sector partnerships between firms, NGOs and government for sustainable development.  The Resource Centre itself is organised as a partnership between business schools, multinationals, governments and NGOs.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Van Tulder published across disciplinary boundaries (development, international business, international relations, economics, innovation) on the following topics: European and Global Business, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, Codes of Conduct, Reputation Management, skills, network strategies, cross sector partnership strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies. His latest book publications include: Corporate Responsibilities in Turbulent time, Beijing (2010) China Economic Publishing House (in Chinese); Skill Sheets: an integrated approach to research, study and management, Amsterdam (2007): Pearson International ( ; International Business-Society Management, London (2006): Routledge. For more information, see:

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Prof. dr. Jean Marie Viaene

Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of Economics

JEAN-MARIE VIAENE is Professor of Economics at the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also Research Fellow at CESifo (Munich) and at the Tinbergen Institute. His research in the area of international economics has been published in many leading academic journals including International Economic Review,Journal of International EconomicsEuropean Economic ReviewJournal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and the Journal of International Money and Finance.

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Philippine Team

Philippine Team members