Mary Racelis is a research scientist at the Institute of Philippine Culture where she was also the former director, serving from 1970-78 and from 2000-2003. She is also a professorial lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Ateneo de Manila University.
Racelis attained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She later attained a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines. She specializes in issues regarding women's roles, people's participation, NGOs, civil society, and urban poverty.
Racelis has been a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of the UP Department of Anthropology. She was a resettlement and gender consultant of Sustainable Pro-Poor Tourism Projects, Inc. for the Asian Development Bank on behalf of the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. She was also handled sociocultural issues as a member of the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project, Lao PDR, international advisory group to the president of the World Bank. She was also a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons on United Nations – Civil Society Relations (“Cardoso Panel”), convened by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. She was a regional director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Eastern and Southern Africa from 1983-1992. She was also a senior policy specialist of the Women’s Development and Family/Child Welfare, New York Headquarters from 1979-83.
She also served as consultant to different world organizations like United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asian Development Bank, World Bank, AUSAID, The Rockefeller Foundation, Misereor (German Bishops Development Fund), Nippon Foundation/API Fellowships, CARE International, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and to various Philippine government agencies. Her consultancies currently focus on sociocultural and gender issues in pro-poor sustainable tourism and the consequences in social and cultural aspects of the dam construction in the Mekong countries.
She was a member to different organizations such as International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Community Organizers Multiversity, Community Organization of the Philippines Enterprise, Urban Poor Associates, International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov), Freedom to Build Inc., Anak Natin Foundation, Philippine Agrarian Reform Fund for National Development (PARFUND), Anthropology Association of the Philippines, and Ateneo Honors and Awards Committee. She is also active in civil society affairs and sits on several international and national NGO Boards.
Her works and contributions as research scientist and consultant have been recognized and even gave her two honorary doctorates. These include Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from Ateneo de Manila University in 2003 and Doctor in the Social Sciences, Honoris Causa from De La Salle University in 1976.
She has authored several books and more than 200 articles on sociological, anthropological, political and development issues. Some of her published works include ‘’Making Philippine Cities Child Friendly: Voices of Children in Poor Communities’’ (2005) and ‘’Bearers of Benevolence: The Thomasites and Public Education in the Philippines’’ (2001).
- International Institute for Rural Reconstruction
- Community Organizers Multiversity
- Community Organization of the Philippines Enterprise
- Urban Poor Associates
- International Center for Innovation
- Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov)
- Freedom to Build Inc.,
- Anak Natin Foundation
- Philippine Agrarian Reform Fund for National Development (PARFUND)
- Anthropology Association of the Philippines
- Ateneo Honors and Awards Committee
List of publications
- with Angela Desiree M. Aguirre, Liane Pena-Alampay, Felisa U. Etemadi, Teresa Banaynal Fernandez, Rosemarie Matias Fernandez, Marita Castro Guevara, and Jerome A. Serrano, Ching Li Ye, EuniceAnne M. Enriquez, Careza P. Reyes. ‘’Making Philippine Cities Child Friendly: Voices of Children in Poor Communities’’. (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University, Institute of Philippine Culture. 2005)
- Editor. With Judy Ick. ‘’Bearers of Benevolence: The Thomasites and Public Education in the Philippines’’. (Manila: Anvil Press. 2001)
- ”Culture and Education: Asian Perspective”. ‘’Culture and Human Development: The Role of European Cooperation’’. (Pamplona: Fundacion ALBOAN, 2007), 195-210
- ”Anxieties and Affirmations: NGO-Donor Partnerships for Social Transformation”. ‘’The Challenge of Development Alternatives: Can NGOs Make a Difference?’’. (London: Zed Books, 2007)
- with Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara. ”Poverty and Social Impact Analysis – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam”. ‘’Greater Mekong Subregion Sustainable Pro-Poor Tourism Development’’- ,Final Draft Report (TA 7279-REG), Appendix 12: 1-180. (Manila: Asia Pacific Projects, Inc, 2007), paper submitted to the Asian Development Bank
- Foreword to John J. Carroll, S.J.’s ‘’Engaging Society: The Sociologist in A War Zone.’’ (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007)
- ”Poverty, Resilience and Well-being: Poor Asians in the Crisis of 1997.” ‘’Asian Welfare State Policies’’. (Tokyo: Ashi Shobo Publishing Co. Ltd..,2006)
- ”Recasting Urban Power Relations”. ‘’In Focus’’ (Brasilia, United Nations International Poverty Centre, 2005)
- ”Begging, Requesting, Demanding, Negotiating: Moving Toward Urban Poor Partnerships in Governance”. ‘’Urban Futures; Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction’’. 2005
- ”Anthropology With People: Development Anthropology as People-Generated Theory and Practice”. ‘’Development Anthropology – Beyond Economics’’. (Quezon City, New Day Publishers, 2004) *with Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara. ”Socio-cultural Factors Affecting Poverty and Poverty Reduction”. ‘’Poverty, Growth, and the Role of Institutions in Developing Asia. Published for the Asian Development Bank. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
Awards and recognitions
- Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from Ateneo de Manila University, 2003
- Doctor in the Social Sciences, Honoris Causa from De La Salle University, 1976.
- Racelis Curriculum Vitae (Accessed on July 1, 2009)
- Asian Development Bank Media Center (Accessed on July 1, 2009)
- World Bank Site Resources (Accessed on July 1, 2009)
- International Institute of Social Studies List of Speakers (Accessed on July 1, 2009)