Porio, Emma E.

Full Time

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.

From 1994-97, she coordinated the Global Urban Research Initiative (GURI) for Southeast Asia, a research consortium from 12 subregions, 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).

Areas of Specialization: 

Specializes in development and marginality, urban governance/structures, gender, climate change vulnerability and adaptation/resilience.

Professional Association & Recognition: 

Science Research Fellow, Manila Observatory

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate Courses

  • SA 21: Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
  • SA 109: Theories of Development
  • SA 128: Urban Sociology
  • SA 140: Class and Society (for the Casa Bayanihan Program)

Graduate Courses

  • SA 205: Research Strategies
  • SA 206: Research Techniques
  • SA 253: Urban Society
  • SOC 278/ANTHRO 253: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 290: Social Problems
  • SOC 296/ANTHRO 262: Theories of Development
  • SOC 378: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 379.3: Sociology of the Elite
University of Hawaii, PhD Sociology