About the Hosts

Ateneo de Manila University (admu.edu.ph)

Ateneo de Manila University (admu.edu.ph)

Coastal Cities at Risk is hosted by the Manila Observatory and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University. The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) is a private teaching and research university run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. The Ateneo de Manila University began in 1859 when Spanish Jesuits established the Escuela Municipal de Manila, a public primary school established in Intramuros for the city of Manila.

The Manila Observatory

The Manila Observatory has been watching the skies, carrying out research, and serving the people for over a hundred years.

The Manila Observatory is a private non-stock, non-profit, scientific research institution established in 1865 by the Jesuit mission in the Philippines. With Federico Faura at its inception, it was engaged in the systematic observation of Philippine weather.


Supported by a pool of competent scientists, researchers, educators, development managers, technical and administrative staff, the Manila Observatory is home to several research programs, each with its own field of specialization.


The Manila Observatory Website

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a unit of the School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. It was founded in 1960 by a Jesuit anthropologist, Fr. Frank X. Lynch, S.J. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology trains its students to use sociological and anthropological perspectives in the analysis and interpretation of contemporary issues, the pressing ones being the tension between globalization and national integration, the inequalities in access to power and resources among different groups, and the consequences of these structural forces on cultures and identities.

In this training aim, the Department expects its students to acquire a critical sense of the social world. Students, in turn, can use this ability to examine phenomena with social rigor, to assess contending ideologies of social change, to offer alternative narratives on tradition, modernity and social change, and to make workable recommendations for plans and policies that enhance people’s welfare.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology Website

Ateneo de Manila University Website


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