Our Contributors

Areas of Expertise:
Skill Formation • Creative Industries • Decentralized Governance • Institutional Change
Education & Certifications:
University of the Philippines, PhD in Philippine Studies

Dr. May Zuleika Salao
May Zuleika Salao is Director of the Program in Political Economy of the School of Law and Governance at the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines. She and her team of researchers are evolving their decentralized governance research program toward guiding policymaking in the Philippines. Their research has begun in Baguio City, a recently declared UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Her research examines the political economy of skills in this region’s crafts and folk art. Of particular interest is the institutionalization of skill formation as it transforms from a non-market cultural activity toward a market-oriented one. As Director, she guides three programs: the Master of Arts in Political Economy with Specialization in International Relations and Development; the Masters in Political Economy; and the Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy. She also directs research-related Extension Projects— immediate social-service action projects for targeted communities and stakeholders. From 2010 to 2014, she pursued part of her doctoral dissertation research at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, Germany as a Visiting Researcher for 27 months. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2015, she went back to MPIfG in 2016 as a Visiting Researcher and to the Global South Studies Center at the University of Cologne in 2017 as a Visiting Scholar.
Director, Program in Political Economy of the School of Law and Governance, University of Asia and the Pacific


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