Soco-Roda, Maria Andrea

Andrea Soco Roda has a Master’s degree in Applied Sociology from the National University of Singapore and a Ph.D. in Geography from the same university. Her dissertation was completed at the University of Manchester under a Ph.D. exchange grant. She has done extensive research on urban poverty and the informal sector, and has written commentaries for leading newspapers, having worked at the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues, a Jesuit-run non-government organization in the Philippines. Dr. Soco-Roda has also engaged in projects on designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research; election trends; indigenous peoples; sustainable tourism; and curriculum development, as an independent consultant. She is the editor-in-chief of Verstehen, an online publication that seeks to bring the insights of Sociology and Anthropology to the broader public. Some of her scholarly work can be found in Philippine Studies, the Loyola Schools Review, the Philippine Sociological Review, and Cultural Geographies.
Part Time
Areas of Specialization: 

Urban geographies, Transnational identities, Social ‘development’

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate Courses:

SocSc 12,

SA 103

Research Interest: 

Urban transport, landscape and memory, tourism, ‘development’ initiatives 

Research and Publication
Year Title Authors
2016 Book Review. “Mobile Childhoods in Filipino Transnational Families: Migrant Children with Similar Roots in Different Routes,” Itaru Nagasaka and Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot (eds). Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 25:3
Soco-Roda, Andrea
2016 Social Sciences in a Globalizing World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Filipino Students. Quezon City: Sibs Publishing House.
Soco-Roda, A.
Rondilla, A.
Roque, E.
See, J.
2015 Book Review. “Ethnographic atlas of Ifugao,” Harold C. Conklin. In Zialcita, Fernando (ed) Preserving the Ifugao Terraces. Pasay City: UNESCO.
Soco, A.
2014 The Cosmopolis and the Migrant Domestic Worker, Cultural Geographies, vol. 21:2.
Yeoh, B.
Soco, A.
2011 Editor’s preface, Philippine Sociological Review, vol. 59.
Soco, A.
2011 Relationalities of identity: ‘Sameness’ and ‘difference’ among Filipino migrant domestic workers, Philippine Sociological Review, vol. 59.
Soco, A.
2008 Changing the Discourse on Return Migrants: Cosmopolitanism and the Reintegration of Return Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers, Philippine Sociological Review, vol.56.
Soco, A.
2006 Book Review. “Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work” by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas. Loyola Schools Review, volume V.
Soco, A.
2004 Book Review: “Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries” by Yen Le Espiritu. Philippine Studies, vol. 52, number 4.
Soco, A.

‘Return migrants as ‘migrant-contributors’? Reintegration discourse and the shaping of ‘diasporic subjects,’ a paper presented in the AAS-in-Asia conference organized by the Association for Asian Studies, 24-26 June 2016, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.
‘Return and remittances: Toward a critique of the discourse of ‘reintegration,’ a paper presented in ‘Diaspora Strategies’ of Migrant-Sending Countries: Migration-as-Development Reinvented?, a conference organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 5-6 November 2012, Singapore.
‘Identities in mobility: Cosmopolitanism among ‘return’ Filipino migrant domestic workers,’ Ph.D. dissertation submitted to the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, August 2010.
‘Notions of ‘difference’ and identity negotiations among Filipino migrant domestic workers’, a paper presented in Relationalities: A Response to ‘Difference’, a conference hosted by the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, University of Manchester, 18 May 2010, Manchester, United Kingdom.
‘Changing the discourse on return migrants: cosmopolitanism and the reintegration of return Filipino migrant domestic workers’, a paper presented during the 2008 Philippine Sociological Society National Conference, 17-18 October 2008, Quezon City, Philippines.
‘’Subaltern’ cosmopolitanism in the home: return Filipino migrant domestic workers’, a paper presented during the Asia Research Institute International Conference on Return Migration, 30 July-1 August 2008, Singapore.
‘Return’ migrant domestic workers as cosmopolitan: Implications for reintegration’, a paper presented during the 2008 Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, 19 April 2008, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Unpublished Occasional Paper. ‘Community-Based Savings Mobilization in Payatas: Determinants of Participation and Non-Participation’, Institute on Church and Social Issues. October 2003.
Co-authored with Reginald Indon. ‘The Philippine Farm Worker’, a paper presented during the National Conference on Agrarian Reform, 29 August 2000, Quezon City, Philippines.

Selected Professional Associations, Awards and Recognition: 

July 2006 – May 2012 Ph.D., Geography National University of Singapore July 2002 - June 2003 Master of Social Science in Applied Sociology National University of Singapore June 1995 - March 1999 Bachelor of Arts, Major in the Social Sciences Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines March 2010 - August 2010 Ph.D. Student Exchange, Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom October 2009 International Summer School on Migrants’ Networking Rühr University, Bochum, Germany