Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD candidate in political economy, methodology, and comparative politics, and is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Fellowship. His current work spans research and policy engagements related to the evolution of industrial, trade, and innovation policy in the global knowledge economy, the development of state capacity, and the drivers of democratic erosion in the Global South. He is likewise interested in the potential for Bayesian inference to bridge quantitative and qualitative methodological divides in social science and policy/planning research.

Before his PhD studies, Jerik consulted for international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization, among others. He also served as an advocacy strategist on multi-awarded public health, land rights, and environmental protection campaigns in the Philippines, including the campaign to legislate and implement the Philippines’ Sin Tax Law of 2012, which is today funding the country’s universal healthcare program. He completed his master’s degree in 2016 from the Graduate Institute of Geneva as the Institute’s Prunier Foundation Scholar and as Laureate for the Pralong Prize for graduate students in Switzerland.

Publications

Cruz, J. and E. dela Cruz (Forthcoming). “Placing the Platform Economy: Gender, Digital Divides, and the Geography of Platform Participation in the Philippines.” in Decentralization, Digitalisation, and Development: Strengthening Local Governance for Crisis Response, Recovery, and the SDGs. United Nations Development Program in the Philippines.

Cruz, J. and E. La Vina (2022). “From Dependency to Autonomy: Local Governance, Fiscal Capacity, and the Outlook for Philippine Local Governments in the post-COVID era.” in Decentralization, Digitalisation, and Development: Strengthening Local Governance for Crisis Response, Recovery, and the SDGs. United Nations Development Program in the Philippines. (lead flagship report chapter)

Camba, A., J. Cruz, and G. Lim (2022). “Elite responses to US-China competition: Infrastructure and military modernization in Duterte’s Philippines.” in The Rise of the Infrastructure State: How US-China Rivalry Shapes Politics and Place Worldwide. J. diCarlo and S. Schindler (eds.). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Camba, A., J. Cruz, et al. (2021). “Explaining the Belt and Road in the Philippines: Elite Consolidation, Construction Contracts, and Online Gambling Capital.”in Research Handbook on the Belt and Road Initiative. Liow, J., J. Hong, and G. Xue (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Montes, M. and J. Cruz (2020) The political economy of foreign investment and industrial development: the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand in comparative perspective. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 25(1): 16-39.

Tuano, P. and J. Cruz. (2019). Structural inequality in the Philippines: Oligarchy, (Im)mobility, and Economic Transformation. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 36(3) : 304-228.

Cruz, J. (2019). Great Transformations: The Political Economy of Megaproject Development in the Manila peri-urban periphery. in Making Sense of the City: Public Space in the Philippines. Barbaza, R. (ed.) Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press. pp. 1-40. (lead chapter; finalist for 2021/2022 Philippine National Book Awards)

 

Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD candidate in political economy, methodology, and comparative politics, and is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Fellowship. His current work spans research and policy engagements related to the evolution of industrial, trade, and innovation policy in the global knowledge economy, the development of state capacity, and the drivers of democratic erosion in the Global South. He is likewise interested in the potential for Bayesian inference to bridge quantitative and qualitative methodological divides in social science and policy/planning research.

Before his PhD studies, Jerik consulted for international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization, among others. He also served as an advocacy strategist on multi-awarded public health, land rights, and environmental protection campaigns in the Philippines, including the campaign to legislate and implement the Philippines’ Sin Tax Law of 2012, which is today funding the country’s universal healthcare program. He completed his master’s degree in 2016 from the Graduate Institute of Geneva as the Institute’s Prunier Foundation Scholar and as Laureate for the Pralong Prize for graduate students in Switzerland.

Publications

Cruz, J. and E. dela Cruz (Forthcoming). “Placing the Platform Economy: Gender, Digital Divides, and the Geography of Platform Participation in the Philippines.” in Decentralization, Digitalisation, and Development: Strengthening Local Governance for Crisis Response, Recovery, and the SDGs. United Nations Development Program in the Philippines.

Cruz, J. and E. La Vina (2022). “From Dependency to Autonomy: Local Governance, Fiscal Capacity, and the Outlook for Philippine Local Governments in the post-COVID era.” in Decentralization, Digitalisation, and Development: Strengthening Local Governance for Crisis Response, Recovery, and the SDGs. United Nations Development Program in the Philippines. (lead flagship report chapter)

Camba, A., J. Cruz, and G. Lim (2022). “Elite responses to US-China competition: Infrastructure and military modernization in Duterte’s Philippines.” in The Rise of the Infrastructure State: How US-China Rivalry Shapes Politics and Place Worldwide. J. diCarlo and S. Schindler (eds.). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Camba, A., J. Cruz, et al. (2021). “Explaining the Belt and Road in the Philippines: Elite Consolidation, Construction Contracts, and Online Gambling Capital.”in Research Handbook on the Belt and Road Initiative. Liow, J., J. Hong, and G. Xue (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Montes, M. and J. Cruz (2020) The political economy of foreign investment and industrial development: the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand in comparative perspective. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 25(1): 16-39.

Tuano, P. and J. Cruz. (2019). Structural inequality in the Philippines: Oligarchy, (Im)mobility, and Economic Transformation. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 36(3) : 304-228.

Cruz, J. (2019). Great Transformations: The Political Economy of Megaproject Development in the Manila peri-urban periphery. in Making Sense of the City: Public Space in the Philippines. Barbaza, R. (ed.) Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press. pp. 1-40. (lead chapter; finalist for 2021/2022 Philippine National Book Awards)