Position 
Research Intern
Nationality 
Philippines
At UNU-CRIS 
01/10/2021
Biographical Statement 

Dan joins UNU-CRIS for the second time as a research intern under Ine Lietaert to support the coordination of the Migration and Social Policy research cluster and the development of the City Responses to Climate Risks Laboratory (UNU-CR2 lab).

Dan pursued and completed his MSc in Sustainability (2020) from the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo, Japan. His master’s thesis explored the intersection between internal displacement and urbanization in the Philippines. Together with his adviser, he published a commentary in Sustainability Science on the potential impacts of the COVID pandemic to internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

Professionally trained as an architect, Dan obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. His volunteer work with a community-led and urban poor focused non-government organization (NGO) led to a shift of his interests from the object (buildings) to the users; understanding how cities & communities shape its people and vice versa. 

During his first internship with UNU-CRIS, he was able to explore return migration infrastructures in the Philippines, writing two Working Papers with Ine Lietaert and other internal displacement colleagues. Dan will officially join UGent/UNU-CRIS in April 2022 to begin his PhD training under Ine Lietaert. His dissertation aims to shed light on the actual and nuanced experiences of internally displaced indigenous peoples (IDIPs) in the Philippines.