Emma E. Porio is a scholar focused on the field of sociology and climate risk mitigation. She is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Ateneo De Manila University’s School of Social Sciences. She is also a Science Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory and is recognized for her publications on issues such as vulnerability; the resilience of marginalized peoples to climate catastrophes and disaster risks; and the risk mitigation and response systems of governments in the Global South. In particular, she specializes in the areas of development and marginality; urban governance or structures; gender; climate change vulnerability; and resilience. She took up her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of San Carlos and acquired both her Master’s (Social Demography) and Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Hawaii through fellowships from the Population Institute, East-West Center. She has been granted research fellowships at Harvard University and a Fulbright Advance Research Fellowship at Columbia University and Hofstra University.
Furthermore, she is the President of the Sociology Division of the International Sociological Association (ISA) as well as of the Asia-Pacific Sociological Association. She serves as the Principal Editorial Adviser of the Environment and Urbanization (Asia Edition) and Review Editor of the Journal of the Cities of the Global South. In addition, she leads a transdisciplinary action research project called Coastal Cities at Risk: Investing in Climate and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines (CCARPH), a flagship program under the Ateneo for climate and disaster resilience. As co-founder of the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR), Dr. Porio is the acting Co-Director of the program, which was rated one of the best master programs in Far East Asia and ranked 39th in environmental security, based on a survey of 150 countries. Dr. Porio was the president of the Philippine Sociological Society and the Philippine Social Science Council. While serving as Chair of the Technical Panel for Sociology and Anthropology of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), she was also the Editor of the Philippine Sociological Review and a former member of the Executive Council of the International Sociological Association as Chair of Internal Democracy and Early Career Sociologists.