Board Members 2016-2017

Board Members 2016-2017 L-R: Clarence M. Batan, Mario J. Aguja, Septrin John A. Calamba, Jayeel S. Cornelio, Nicole C. Curato, Nimfa L. Bracamonte, Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez

Dr. Clarence M. Batan, President

Clarence M. Batan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and Research Associate of the Research Center on Culture, Education and Social Issues at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila. He obtained his AB in Sociology from UST; MA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman; and PhD in Sociology from Dalhousie University at Nova Scotia, Canada under the Government of Canada Awards and the Faculty of Graduate Studies-Dalhousie University Scholarship Program. He was a Visiting Fellow in International Studies at Brown University under Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) program in 2012-2013.

He is Vice-President for Asia of the Research Committee 34 – Sociology of Youth of the International Sociological Association. He served as Member and Chairperson of the Technical Committee in Sociology of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). His research interests include sociology of children and youth, sociology of work and employment, and qualitative and mixed methods.


Dr. Mario J. Aguja, Vice President

Mario “Mayong” J. Aguja is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University- General Santos City (MSU-GenSan) where he teaches social change and development, sociological theory, and community organizing.

He studied AB Sociology at the MSU-GenSan and earned his master’s degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He was an International Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Sociology at the University of Tokyo. He took up graduate studies in Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Tokyo and later finished his doctorate degree in International Cooperation Studies at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University.

He is actively involved in public sector unionism and currently the President of the MSU-GenSan Faculty Union. His other notable involvement is in Security Sector Reform (SSR) and at present, he is the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Security Sector Governance (IPF_SSG) in Southeast Asia.

As a son of Mindanao, he is actively engaged in peace initiatives in the southern Philippines. He is currently a member of the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB), a seven member body tasked to oversee the process of decommissioning of MILF forces and weapons.

Prof. Septrin John A. Calamba, Secretary

Septrin John “Badz” A. Calamba is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). He finished his BA and MA in Sociology at MSU-IIT. He is actively engaged in both research and extension work of the university especially in the aspects of community development, youth, local governance, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction management. He leads research projects of MSU-IIT in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Units (LGUs).

On top of his academic functions, he is currently the coordinator of the Center for Local Governance Studies (CLGS) of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension in MSU-IIT.


Dr. Jayeel S. Cornelio, Treasurer

Jayeel S. Cornelio is the Director of the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.  He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, an adjunct lecturer at Institute for Sociology at the University of Göttingen, and a visiting scholar at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He finished his Ph.D. in Sociology at the National University of Singapore where he received a competitive doctoral grant from the Asia Research Institute.  His publications have appeared in top journals such as Religion, State and SocietySocial Compass, the European Journal of East Asian Studies, and Religions.  He edited the special issues of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (2014) on Filipino Catholicism and the Asian Journal of Social Science on religious philanthropy in Asia (2015).  He is the author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion (Routledge, 2016).  He also authored (with Manuel Sapitula and Mark Calano) the Introduction to World Religions and Belief Systems, published by Rex for Senior High School.  For his scholarship on popular religion, Dr Cornelio received the 2015 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award from the Philippine Social Science Council.


Dr. Nicole C. Curato, Board Member

Nicole Curato is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She was the Secretary of the Philippine Sociological Society from 2013 to 2016 and the Issue Editor of the Philippine Sociological Review from 2013-2015.

In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award for her work on the sociology of democratic practice in vulnerable political contexts. Her work focuses on case of disaster-affected communities in Tacloban in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

She received her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Manchester and University of Birmingham, respectively. Before moving to the University of Canberra, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology in UP Diliman and a Research Fellow at the Australian National University.

Her work has been published in academic journals including Current Sociology, Policy Sciences, International Political Science Review, Qualitative Sociology, and Critical Policy Studies, among others. She is also a regular contributor in and CNN Philippines. In 2013, she was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Men (/People) for the field of sociology.

Twitter: @NicoleCurato

Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, Board Member

A PhD Sociology holder from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte is a recently-retired professor of  Sociology and Sustainable Development Studies for 42 years. She is a former Director for Extension at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, a prime university in Southern Philippines. As such, she has been heavily engaged in various extension and research undertakings focused on disaster risk reduction, peace and conflict, women, children and health, indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge management, biodiversity, environment impact assessment, and other environment-related studies.

Under the auspices of the International Mining for Development Center & Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia, she facilitated the project on “Establishing a Stakeholder Dialogue to Develop a Shared Agenda for Mining Development in the Philippines” in 2014-2015. She was also involved in the FEMPOV project implemented by Australian Research Council and Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2010-2012.  She is not only a long-time member of the Philippine Sociological Society, but also a current member of international professional organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) and International Sociological Association (ISA).

Her passion lies in her academic and extension involvement with the Bajau of Iligan City where she runs an alternative learning school in their settlement in Iligan City.


Dr. Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez, Board Member

Phoebe Zoe Maria U. Sanchez is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines in Cebu where she is currently teaching History and Sociology courses. She finished her PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Her expertise includes Policy Analysis; Diagnosing Problems of Governance; Community Organizing for Community Development (COCD); Participatory Community Development Research; Local/Oral Historical-Sociological Research; Community Development and Institutional Strengthening. Her works has been published in academic journals including Global Research Newsletter – Center for Research on Globalization, GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, University of the Philippines in the Visayas DANYAG Journal, among others.


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