Ligan-Ashburn, Zenaida. MA International Studies

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Assistant Professor
Deparment of Political Science
University of the Philippines Cebu

Coordinator
Office of International Linkages
University of the Philippines Cebu


Prof. Zenaida D. Ligan-Ashburn is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Office of International Linkages at the University of the Philippines Cebu. She holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from UP Diliman where she was awarded University and College Scholar honors during the course of her studies. 

She specializes in international relations, comparative government and politics, and policy studies. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals.  These are: “The Policy of Solid Waste Management in Lapu-Lapu City: a Local Government Initiative”; “Decentralization:  Key to the Federalization of the Philippine State?”; “Immanuel Wallerstein’s World Systems Theory: Strengths and Weaknesses”; and, “Parliamentary System for the Philippines?”

She also shares her research findings in various international conferences and workshops.  She recently presented her paper entitled “The Search for Alternative Livelihood Programs for Affected Residents of the Oil Spill in Cordova, Cebu”at the 2015 Service-Learning Conference at the Notre Dame University in Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.  Her previous presentations include “The Kimchi Explosion: The influx of Koreans in Lapu-Lapu City”, and “Best Practices in Solid Waste Management:  The San Francisco, Camotes, Is. Philippines Experience” in Thailand and Hongkong, respectively.

Prof.Ligan-Ashburn is a recipient of UP Cebu’s 2015 Faculty Grant Award and has successfully completed and presented her study entitled “An Alternative Approach to Teaching Political Science”.  She also received a Research Grant for her research project, “Revisiting the Solid Waste Management of Lapu-Lapu City”.

Her current research projects include “The Pitfalls of Electoral Modernization Process in the Philippines” and “Reconciling Competing Agendas for Electoral Reforms in the Philippines”.