Dr. Nestor Castro is Professor of Anthropology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Specializing in Cultural Anthropology, his expertise includes ethnicity and indigenous peoples’ issues, environmental and social impact assessment, and cultural heritage management. His works have been published in notable journals such as Le Temps Modernes, New Asian Visions, Colloquium: The New Horizon of Contemporary Sociological Theory, Philippine Social Sciences Review, Kasarinlan, and Diliman Review.
Dr. Castro did field research in several indigenous communities in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. His Master’s thesis was on the communist movement in the Cordillera region of northern Philippines while his PhD dissertation was on the politics of ethnic identity among the Kalinga indigenous people of the Philippines.
Dr. Castro served as Chair of the Anthropology Department, Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), and Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs of UP Diliman. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines (UGAT), Vice Chairman of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) – Social Sciences Division, and Southeast Asian Representative of the International Commission for the Rights of Aboriginal People (ICRA), and President of the International Federation of Social Science Organizations (IFSSO). At present, Dr. Castro is President of the International Council of Museums – Philippines (ICOM-PH), Vice President of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences – Philippine Alpha Chapter, and Regent of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (PLP).
Aside from teaching and research, Dr. Castro regularly appears on Philippine television as resource person on Philippine culture.
Political Anthropology, Museology, Ethnoarchaeology, Indigenous Peoples, Deaf Culture
Cordillera, Bangsamoro, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands