Ralph Buiser

Ralph’s area of research is on maritime trade unions and their members. His thesis is focused specifically on Philippine maritime unions and how Filipino seafarers view and experience unionisation. He is now in the writing up stage of his research towards a PhD in Social Science – Global Political Economy in Cardiff while concurrently working full time as a Research Analyst in the private sector.


Education and Past work experience:

Ralph finished his Postgraduate diploma on Social Science Research Methods in Cardiff University in 2012. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines, which he completed in 2008 and a Professional Certificate in Political Economy awarded in 2009 from the same university.


He took an internship at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Manila in 2009 and worked under the Social Development Department.

From 2009-2011 Ralph held a research-intensive position at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as a Junior Defense and Security Analyst under the Chief of Staff for Intelligence, and the Office of Strategic and Special Studies. His past research work delved on international human rights, humanitarian law, maritime and human security, as well as militancy in Philippine trade unions.


Other Credits:

During Ralph’s stint as a junior analyst in the Philippine military, he was given several special commendations by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the AFP's Chief of Staff for Intelligence, as well as from the Office of Strategic and Special Studies.

He also actively took part in the drafting of the Human Rights-Based Intelligence Operations Handbook of the AFP, and has co-written numerous articles in the OSS Digest, a Philippine military-based journal of strategic and defense studies.

Ralph was awarded a full doctoral scholarship by the Nippon Foundation and the Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University in 2011.

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