Dr Nelson Turgo

Dr Nelson Turgo

Research Associate, SIRC

School of Social Sciences

Nelson attended local schools in the Philippines where he graduated valedictorian both in grade and high school. He finished his undergraduate degree in English Studies (Creative Writing) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (cum laude) where he also obtained his master's degree in Philippine Studies (Literature and Anthropology). In 2006, he won a SIRC-Nippon fellowship to read for a PhD in Social Sciences (Global Political Economy) at Cardiff University, graduating in 2010. His thesis "Bugabug ang Dagat: The Local Life of a Fishing Community in the Philippines" was awarded a Category 1 Pass. He is also an accomplished bi-lingual fictionist having been published in some literary magazines and journals in the Philippines. He grew up in a small fishing community.

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Nelson's research interests are the following: geographies of globalization; fishing communities, marginalized and economically-deprived communities; biography and locality; the maritime industry; power, gender and economic relations. He is also interested in the sociology of culture; the global-local nexus; the production of space and spatialization of everyday life; the interface between anthropology and literature; autoethnography, creative writing; and local histories.