State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) welcomes the appointment of Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista as the newest member of its board of trustees (BOT).
Bautista took her virtual oath of office in March to fill the position of former BOT member Dr. Alfredo Pascual, whose term ended this year. She will serve until March 10, 2024, following a trustee’s fixed term of four years.
The PIDS BOT is chaired by Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua. Members include PIDS President Celia Reyes, University of the Philippines’ (UP) Philippine Center for Economic Development Fellow Atty. Raphael Lotilla, and former PIDS President Gilberto Llanto.   
Bautista is the incumbent vice-president for academic affairs of the UP System. She is also a professor of sociology and the former dean of the UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. She also served as executive director of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and former commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education.
Further, she held important positions in advisory or governing boards of institutions and organizations, including the Human Development Network, Asian Scholarship Foundation, Philippine Social Science Council, and the National University of Singapore’s Asian Research Institute. She also chaired the UNESCO National Commission’s Social Science and Humanities Committee, the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework Task Force, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
Bautista has written articles and provided lectures on various topics, such as the middle-class culture, poverty and agrarian reform, gender, educational reform, peace and order and conflict, disaster mitigation and management, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

She obtained her BA degree in Sociology from UP Diliman (magna cum laude) and earned her MS and PhD degrees in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also received prestigious awards, such as the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Publication Awards, the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service, and the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Achievement Award for the Social Sciences, among others. ###

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