Berse, Kristoffer B., PhD

Assistant Professor
National College of Public Administration and Governance
University of the Philippines Diliman

Telephone number: (632) 981-8500 local number 4178
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Kris has a multidisciplinary academic background in urban planning and development, environmental studies, and public administration. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in urban engineering and environmental studies, respectively, from the University of Tokyo as an Asian Development Bank and Monbukagakusho scholar, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance, where he is currently affiliated as a full-time Assistant Professor.

At UP-NCPAG, he handles mostly public policy courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including a special course on disaster governance. Outside of teaching and mentoring, he sits in the Disaster Preparedness Sub-Committee of UP Diliman and coordinates the implementation of the cooperation agreement between UP and the Climate Change Commission. Every now and then, he also serves as a resource person in various academic and public fora on disaster risk management being offered by civil society organizations and other academic institutions (e.g. ICLEI, A2D Project, Ateneo School of Government, etc.)

Prior to joining the UP Faculty, Kris has over 12 years of professional experience including stints at the Philippine Senate and the Presidential Management Staff of the Office of the President. He started his career as a research assistant at UP-NCPAG’s Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy, then moved on as part of the Policy Studies Group in the Philippine Senate under the presidency of Sen. Franklin Drilon. Over the years, he has worked in various capacities for several organizations in and outside the country such as the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), The Asia Foundation, and Save the Children, to name a few.

Kris has published in areas broadly crisscrossing the intersections of sustainable urban development, public policy, inter-local relations, and disaster governance. Among his recent academic publications are: “From Yokohama with love: Transferring best practices through international municipal cooperation” (in Y. Nishimura & C. Dimmer, eds., Planning for Sustainable Asian Cities, APSA 2011 Selected Papers, 2012) and “Building local government resilience through city-to-city cooperation” (in R. Shaw & A. Sharma, eds., Climate and Disaster Resilience in Cities, Emerald, 2011). Kris also writes for Rappler as one of its academic Thought Leaders delving on disasters and climate change issues.

Areas of Expertise

Disasters and Elections: Disasters and climate change as election issues, including questions on accountability and leadership, Disasters as opportunities or graveyards, or how disasters can make or break a political career; Crisis Leadership: What to look for/expect from leaders in an era of intensifying disasters and changing climate; Sister/friendship cities: Sister/friendship cities as the new political dynasties?

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