Pamela Cajilig

I’m a design anthropologist with two decades of experience in qualitative research and consulting for such fields as women’s rights, participatory design, and strategic communications in the Philippines, Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur. I am presently a PhD Candidate at the Humanitarian Architecture Research Bureau of the RMIT University School of Architecture and Urban Design. My doctoral research “Designer-Citizens in a More Than Human World: Participation as Inhabitation in Post-Disaster Reconstruction” is an ecological examination of the processes through which inhabitants of a small island rebuild after and amidst catastrophe given limited access to material resources and political capital.

Recent publications

  1. Cajilig, P. G., Maranan, D. S., Francis, K. B., & Zaksaite, G. (2019). Sanay kami sa bagyo (we are used to storms): Unpacking “irrational” evacuation decision making within the sentient ecology during Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). In M. C. Alejanria & W. Smith (Eds.), Disaster archipelago: Locating vulnerability and resilience in the Philippines (pp. 89–118). Lexington Books.
  2. Cajilig, P. G. (2017). Designing life after the storm: Improvisations in post-disaster housing reconstruction as socio-moral Practice. AVANT. The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, VIII(Special), 79–88.
  3. Cajilig, P. G. (2016). Wearing Your Map on Your Sleeve: Practices of Identification in the Creation and Consumption of Philippine Map T-shirts. In D. Eluwawalage (Ed.), Fashion: Tyranny and Revelation (pp. 97–106). Brill.