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Florencia Palis
Scientist/Anthropologist , International-non profit
Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
More than 20 years of experience working on social science research at the international level in Asia. Particularly on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of natural resource management, fostering the innovation system, partnerships, technology adoption, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, biodiversity and conservation, local knowledge, agriculture and health.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Feb 2009 to present: Scientist (Agricultural Anthropology), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
• Design and implement social science action research utilizing the innovation systems thinking to facilitate farmer adoption of technologies developed by the irrigated rice research consortium (IRRC), and achievement of impacts to farmer households and farming communities. IRRC is an international platform for multi-stakeholder partnership, cross country learning, and adaptive research for impacts;
• Foster multi-stakeholder partnerships through the IRRC Country Outreach Programs (ICOPs) by implementing participatory action research, strategies for disseminating research products, and working closely with natural resource management (NRM) scientists and partners i.e., national research and extension systems (NARES), farmers, NGOs, and private sectors;
• Document, analyze, and assess the impact pathways of NRM best practices for irrigated rice in Asia;
• Lead the Partnership and Monitoring and Evaluation Components of the Philippine Rice Self-Sufficiency Project;
• Lead the social science dimension of addressing seasonal hunger in North West Bangladesh;
• Supervise research staff engaged in data collection and analysis, and a secretary. Manage annual fixed budget allocation and project specific budgets. Engage in the international agricultural scientific research and policy arena.
• Develop proposals for submission to donors to strengthen social science research in an interdisciplinary environment.

Mar 2006 to Jan 2009: Post-doctoral Fellow and Social Scientist, IRRI.

• Manage and implement social science research in IRRC;

• Network with partner organizations and build capacity of partners in Asia;

• Provide social sciences support to NRM scientists;

• Disseminate research findings in international forum and publish in scientific arena.

April 2001 to February 2006: Associate Scientist, IRRI

• Manage and implement socio-economic and anthropological researches on: Indigenous knowledge of traditional rice varieties in Lao PDR; Water-saving technology in rice production in the Philippines; Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Vietnam, and IPM and Health in the Philippines.

• Supervise the collection and analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data through household surveys and use of various qualitative methods.

June 1997 to March 2001: Assistant Scientist, SSD, IRRI (On full time study leave)

July 1987 to May 1997: Senior Research Assistant, IRRI

• Manage the multi-disciplinary project on the Environmental and Health Impacts of Pesticide Use in Asian Rice Production,
• Assist in the economic assessment of IPM in the Philippines;
• Assist in the conduct of anthropological research on biodiversity and NRM;
• Develop computer programs, and undertake statistical and econometric analyses using statistical software such as SAS and SPSS.

January 1978 to June 1987: Researcher, Univers
PhD, Anthropology, University of the Philippines (Diliman), 2002
Ph.D units, Agricultural Economics, University of the Philippines (Los Baños), 1986
M.Sc., Statistics, University of the Philippines (Los Baños), 1981
B.Sc., Statistics, University of the Philippines (Los Baños), 1977
Affiliations and Achievements:
Scientific Advisor for the Social Science Research, International Foundation for Science, Sweden, January 2005-Present.

affiliate Faculty, University of the Philippines at Los banos, Philippines

Awards Received

2009 UPLB Distinguished Alumni Award in Extension. University of the Philippines (Los Baños), October 9, 2009, Los Baños, Laguna.

Best Poster, International Meeting on Health and Environment, National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy, on 9-11 December 2009 for the poster on ‘Effects of pesticide exposure on the health of Filipino farmers,’ co-authored by Florencia Palis and Satish Kedia

2005 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award (1st awardee) International Rice Research Institute, Awarded on April 7 2006, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna.

Best paper, International Conference for Rodent Biology and Management (ICRBM) Hanoi, 2006. Paper on “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Ecologically-based Rodent Pest Management” co-authored by Florencia G. Palis and Grant Singleton

Best Paper, Extension Category, Crop Science Society of the Philippines in Davao City, Philippines, 2004. Paper on “A Participatory Approach in the Adaptation and Adoption of Controlled Irrigation for Water Saving Technology: A Case Study in Canarem, Victoria, Tarlac” co-authored by Florencia Palis, Pio Cenas, Mahabub Hossain, Ruben Lampayan, and Bas Bouman.

First Prizes from the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), in Dallas, Texas, 2004 for the Poster Paper, “Pesticide Use and Harm Reduction: Health Beliefs among Filipino Rice Farmers.” Co-authored by Melina Magsumbol, Satish Kedia, and Florencia Palis

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Filipino
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