Fatima Alvarez Castillo ([email protected])
Dr Fatima Alvarez Castillo is a retired, university centennial and full professor of politics and research at the University of the Philippines Manila. She is teaching qualitative research methods, ethics in social research and political dynamics. In the past decade, her research and publications carry the theme of justice and human rights in such topics as gender and benefit sharing in research, workers’ rights, indigenous peoples, health issues and extractive industries.
In 2005-06, she was visiting professor at the Institute for Health and Social Sciences of the University of South Africa. She completed a non-degree doctoral enrichment program in medical anthropology at the University of New York (Buffalo).
Her engagement with research ethics spans more than a decade, in the fields of training, advocacy, and policy making. She is currently a member of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board that formulates policies and regulations for ethics review committees and researchers.
She was a member of the Technical Review Committee of the Tropical Disease Research Program of the WHO. She provided scientific review of manuscripts for the Asian Bioethics Review journal, Reproductive Health Matters, and BMJ.
She conducts trainings in feminist qualitative research methods and ethics in social research. She co-founded the Philippine Health Social Science Association, that aims to promote intersectoral, interdisciplinary and holistic approaches in the various areas of work on health by encouraging medical, social scientists and community health workers to work together.
Recently, she formed the professional research group, Understanding the Social World (USW), that will establish a niche in qualitative, critical, gender sensitive and ethical research in the Philippines.
She works with indigenous people’s organisations that seek to uphold their rights to self determination, ancestral domain and environmental integrity.
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