Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD student focused on political economy, methodology, and comparative politics. His current research investigates contemporary state-business relations, the rise of the global knowledge economy, and the political economy of urban development. He also occasionally works on the dynamics of US-China geo-economic competition in Southeast Asia, and has co-authored policy studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization on issues such as urban, trade, industrial, and infrastructure policy. He is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

Publications

Cruz, J. and E. La Vina (Forthcoming in October 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)

Cruz, J. and E. dela Cruz (Forthcoming in October 2022). “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.

Camba, A., J. Cruz, and G. Lim (Forthcoming in July 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.

Tuano, P. and J. Cruz (2021). “Structural Inequality in the Philippines: Oligarchy, (Im)mobility, and Economic Transformation.” Inequality and Exclusion in Southeast Asia: Old Fractures, New Frontiers. Lee, H. and C. Choong (eds.). Singapore: ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute.

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.

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; current nominee for 2021/2022 Philippine National Book Awards)

 

Biography

Jerik Cruz is a PhD student focused on political economy, methodology, and comparative politics. His current research investigates contemporary state-business relations, the rise of the global knowledge economy, and the political economy of urban development. He also occasionally works on the dynamics of US-China geo-economic competition in Southeast Asia, and has co-authored policy studies commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Labour Organization on issues such as urban, trade, industrial, and infrastructure policy. He is a recipient of the MIT Homer A. Burnell Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

Publications

Cruz, J. and E. La Vina (Forthcoming in October 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)

Cruz, J. and E. dela Cruz (Forthcoming in October 2022). “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.

Camba, A., J. Cruz, and G. Lim (Forthcoming in July 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.

Tuano, P. and J. Cruz (2021). “Structural Inequality in the Philippines: Oligarchy, (Im)mobility, and Economic Transformation.” Inequality and Exclusion in Southeast Asia: Old Fractures, New Frontiers. Lee, H. and C. Choong (eds.). Singapore: ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute.

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.

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; current nominee for 2021/2022 Philippine National Book Awards)