Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Pamela Gloria Cajilig

Pamela Gloria Cajilig

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University
Executive Research Director, Curiosity

Pamela Gloria Cajilig is a cultural anthropologist working at the intersection of design, disaster, community health, and women’s rights and education. Her research in humanitarian shelter after Typhoon Haiyan informed the establishment of one of the first structures in the Philippines purposely designed as an evacuation center. She has led participatory design workshops in the fields of post-disaster livelihood, social housing, and women’s protection with government agencies such as the Philippine National Anti-Poverty Commission, The Philippine National Police, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Within the private sector, Pamela led design research that was essential to establishing a rapidly growing chain of affordable clinics that aim to fill in gaps in universal healthcare in the Philippines.

Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Architecture and Design at School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University. Pamela is also the Co-Founder and Executive Research Direcetor of Curiosity, an independent research-based design consulting firm that works with the private sector, civic society, and the government in designing more useful and meaningful products and services. Pamela is a global partner of the newly founded Displacement Studies Research Network, a platform based in Plymouth University in the UK that aims to provide avenues for displaced populations to be recognized and heard. She holds an MA in Anthropology and a BA in Communication Research from the University of the Philippines.