Associate Professor, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Maria Carinnes Alejandria is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Santo Tomas where she also serves as the head of the Social Health Studies unit of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Health, a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the University of Santo Tomas. She received her PhD in Anthropology from University of the Philippines where she explored food insecurity among older adults in a subaltern community. As a feminist anthropologist of health, she has been collaboratively working with urban informal settlers in negotiating with social institutions for inclusive development towards health justice. She currently serves as a core committee member of the Health Technology Assessment Council of the Philippines which was created to implement the Universal Health Care Act in the country.
In 2014, she participated in the BIARI Fellowship through the Population and Development Institute. She also co-organized BIARI Philippines in 2018 and 2019. Her most recent publications include the edited volumes Aging in the Global South: Opportunities and Challenges, and Disaster Archipelago: Locating Vulnerability and Resilience in the Philippines; and journal articles exploring intergenerational vulnerability to food insecurity, communicable diseases, and the intersection between health and climate change.