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Emerson SanchezPhD Candidate


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra

Emerson is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He commenced his PhD at the Australian National University in 2014 and transferred to the University of Canberra in 2015. His PhD research on deliberative sites in the politics of mining in the Philippines is being supervised by Prof. John Dryzek and Dr. Nicole Curato.  He completed his BA in Journalism at the University of the Philippines and his MA in International Public Policy at the University of Tsukuba.

For his master's research, he examined the development of the indigenous movement in Muslim Mindanao and their struggle to participate in the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine Government. Before commencing his graduate studies, Emerson worked as an academic and NGO researcher for more than a decade. He was an instructor of research and communication at the University of the Philippines Manila and a researcher on policy-related projects for various organisations.



  • 2103. MA International Public Policy, University of Tsukuba
  • 1998. BA Journalism (cum laude), University of the Philippines


  • 2014. Tutor of Research Methods, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • 2011-2012. Teaching Assistant of Politics, College of International Studies, University of Tsukuba
  • 1999-2005. Instructor of Communication, University of the Philippines Manila
  • 1998-1999. Lecturer of Communication, University of the Philippines Manila


  • 2014-2018. Recipient, Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship – PhD (Australia)
  • 2011-2013. Recipient, Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program


  • 2010. Member, Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao (Philippine Anthropological Association)


  • 2016. Higher Degree Research Representative, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra
  • 2014. Postgraduate Student Research Support. International Mining for Development Centre (AusAID-funded) 


 Book chapter

  • Sanchez E. (2017). "Who Will Burn Duterte's Effigy?" in N. Curato (ed.), The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Early Presidency. Ithaca: Cornell University Press/Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press (pp. 283-300).

 Conference papers and presentations

  • 2018. "Lessons for risk society: mining disasters in the Philippines." Presented at the Department of Ethnology seminar series, Lucerne University, Switzerland; and the First Philippine Studies Summer Lectures at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
  • 2017. "When the spectacular undermines the everyday: mining disasters and environmental justice" Presented at the Environmental Justice Conference 2017, Sydney Environment Institute, Sydney University, Australia.
  • 2014. "Bangsamoro, ancestral domain, and the politics of scale." Student paper presented at the Workshop-Masterclass on Constructing and Confronting the ‘Environmental Crisis’ in the 21st Century, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.
  • 2014. "The peace process in Muslim Mindanao: contested relational histories, identities, and nationalism." Presented at the International Philippine Studies Conference on Exchange and Change: The Philippines and Filipinos in the World, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT Australia.
  • 2014. "Power, small wars, and a smaller minority," Presented at the Institute of Australian Geographers and the New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.



  •  2018. ‘Tao Po’: A new theatre of war. New Mandala.
  • 2016. How human rights can win Duterte’s war. New Mandala.
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