franco jean

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of the Philippines Diliman

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Jean Encinas-Franco is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines in Diliman where she also obtained her Ph.D. She took her Masters in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) from the same university.

Before her academic career, Dr. Encinas-Franco assisted in the electoral campaigns of two former senators. She also wrote speeches for a presidential candidate in the 2010 elections. She was Director of the Senate Economic Planning Office of the Philippine Senate where she worked for 15 years until her resignation in 2007.

Dr. Encinas-Franco was a member of the Philippine Delegation to the 52nd Meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2008, where she delivered a paper on gender and development budgeting in the Philippines.

She is also currently a steering committee member of the Asia Pacific Women's Watch, a non-government organization that serves as a voice of women in the region in various conferences of the United Nations. Her publications on the field of gender and development include the following: Accounting For Gender Results: A Review of the Philippine Gender Budget Policy (co-author with Jeanne Illo et.al. 2010) and "The State and the Globalization of Care: The Philippines and the Export of Nurses" in Transnational Carework –Legal Frameworks, Social Practice, Socio-political Challenge. eds. Kirsten Scheiwe and Johanna Krawietz which is published in Germany.

Recently, she wrote a background paper on the "Role of Women and the Women's Movement in the Democratic Transition in the Philippines" for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) based in Stockholm, Sweden. A publication based on her dissertation is forthcoming, "Bagong Bayani and Migrante International: Is There an Alternative Discourse?" which will be published by the Philippine Migration Research Network and the Philippine Social Science Council.

Areas of expertise

Gender and politics, legislative politics, and labor out-migration