Dr. Weena Gera is a JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNU-IAS, where she is conducting research on Institutionalizing Disaster Risk Resilient Metropolitan Governance and Collaboration in the Philippines.
Prior to joining UNU in September 2012, Dr. Gera served as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines Cebu. She has worked on human rights issues of people living in war and conflict with the Humanitarian Crisis Hub (Australia). She has also been a consultant for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in different research and evaluation projects on migration and human trafficking in South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Gera received her MA and PhD in International Development from Nagoya University under the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship. She also holds a prior Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She specializes in research and analysis on the imperatives of regulatory and governance approaches toward sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. Amid prevailing debates toward effective governance frameworks, she examines contemporary development issues along contextual-institutional variables, political economy and multi-level power structures shaping policy capacity, implementation and collaboration.