AOYAMA Waka is Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, and Visiting Researcher at the Joint Ateneo Institute for Mindanao Economics, Ateneo de Davao University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Tokyo. As an ethnographer specializing in Southeast Asian studies focusing on the Southern Philippines, her research interests include human wellbeing, care and resilience in the context of the ever changing, globalized world. Since 1997, she has continuously visited and conducted ethnographic research with the Sama-Bajau communities in Davao City, Mindanao, the Philippines. Her book, “An Ethnography of Poverty: Socioeconomic Life of Five Sama Families in Davao City, the Philippines” (trans.), published by the University of Tokyo Press (2006), has received multiple awards, including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize in 2012, the most prestigious academic prize given to outstanding scholars under the age of 45.