Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A public lecture by Dr. Maria Makabenta Ikeda and Dr. Aysun Uyar Makibayashi

 A public lecture by Dr. Maria Makabenta Ikeda and 
Dr. Aysun Uyar Makibayashi*
13 January 2014 (Monday) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room 204, Diliman Interactive Learning Center, Magsaysay Avenue corner Apacible Street, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 

Please click here for the audiovisual recordings of this lecture.


1:00 – 1:05                 
Welcome Remarks
Prof. Pauline Kent
Dean, Faculty of Intercultural Communication
Ryukoku University

1:05 – 1:15                  
Introduction of Speakers
Dr. Maria Reinaruth Carlos
Professor, Faculty of Intercultural Communication
Ryukoku University

1:15 – 1:45                  
“Regional Development and Social Entrepreneurship in the Philippines: Turning Migration Strategy on Its Head”
Dr. Maria Peregrina Makabenta Ikeda
Associate Professor, School of Economics
University of Hyogo

1:45 – 2:15     
“International Migration Regimes and Human Security”
Dr. Aysun Uyar Makibayashi
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies
Doshisha University

2:15 – 2:30                 
Dr. Maruja M.B. Asis
Director of Research and Publications
Scalabrini Migration Center

2:30 – 3:00                 
Open forum

About the lectures

Regional Development and Social Entrepreneurship in the Philippines:  Turning Migration Strategy on Its Head
This paper examines how international migration affects local economic development particularly in Philippine countryside communities coping with the exodus of its members as migrant workers. In particular, this study focuses on migrant returnees as potential stakeholders in the development of their source communities. There is a need for coordination and collaboration among various government agencies in the national, regional and municipal levels as well as financial institutions to effectively implement the “migration for development” and community development programs. This study highlights the role of social entrepreneurial initiatives that mobilize migrant resources towards the revitalized development of the communities affected by the diaspora of Filipino workers. The role of community-based organizations, cooperatives and migrant organizations abroad as intermediating and implementing agents through complex interaction of these actor networks help ensure grassroots impact of these programs.

International Migration Regimes and Human Security
International migration, in its most naïve translation as the movement of people beyond the borders of one’s own country of origin, has been a special focus of most of the national, regional and international governance frameworks. Human security, on the other hand, is a drastically changing concept since the post Cold War era brought about new challenges to the classical concept of human security. Although migration has many forms and different definitions according sending and receiving countries, there is one common element that migration directly relates with human security at individual, community and societal levels. This presentation looks at the theoretical framework for governance and management of international migration and argues why international regimes and national management practices of international migration differs in regions and how this affect human security dimension of migration, i.e. the basic right of free movement and access to decent living conditions. The first part introduces the recent examples of international migration regimes while the second part argues the changing concept of human security. The last part discusses trade and environment-related migration cases and the human security of “movement of people”.

Brief Introduction of Lecturers

1.      Dr. Maria Peregrina Makabenta Ikeda

Dr. Ikeda is associate professor at the School of Economics of the University of Hyogo. She obtained her PhD from the Graduate School Division of Economics, Kyoto University (Japan). Her major fields of interest are Asian economies, local development in the Philippines, special economic zones foreign direct investments and social innovation. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the Afrasian Centre where she conducts research on international migration, social innovation and economic development in the Philippines.

2.      Dr. Aysun Uyar Makibayashi

Dr. Uyar Makibayashi is assistant professor at the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University (Japan). Her major fields of interest are international relations, international political economy and regional environmental governance. She teaches on Asian international relations and regional integration theories and works as adjunct lecturer in other universities. She is recently involved with interdisciplinary research projects on regional environmental governance, environmental security as well as on international migration, human security and multiculturalism in Asia-Pacific region.

Note: The public lectures will have a virtual component. Faculty members and students from Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan will also join as members of the audience via a teleconferencing system.

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