Research Interests

Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Religion

Supervisor / Co-supervisor

Supervisor: Prof. Mark Cohen

Area/ Thesis topic

Care and Gig Labor Struggles during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brief description of your research work

I currently investigate the social movements enlivened in the nursing and platform delivery sectors during the pandemic in the Philippines. Through interviews and participant observation, I examine how these movements formulated their demands, negotiated with their employers and the state for better working conditions, and how the latter responded.

Journal Articles

Yonaha, Yvan Ysmael, (2016) “Pro Deo et Patria: Reflexive Spirituality and the Youth of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente”, Philippine Sociological Review 64:139-164

Yonaha, Yvan Ysmael & Calvo, Esther Mary, (2021) “The Philippines 2020: The gamble of the populist leadership”, Asia Maior XXXI: 205-221

Book Chapters

Yonaha, Yvan Ysmael, (2018) “Narratives and Identity: Active Agency and the Formation of Counter-Narratives” in Clemente and Shih (eds), China Studies in the Philippines: Intellectual Paths and the Formation of a Field, 1st edition, Routledge Contemporary China Series.

Jison, John Raymond & Yonaha, Yvan Ysmael, (2020) “Religious Actors in the International Sphere: The case of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines” in Cruz and Adiong (eds), International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice. Routledge

Curato, N., & Yonaha, Y. Y. (2021). Rodrigo Duterte: Macho populism and authoritarian practice (born 1945). In Larres (ed) Dictators and Autocrats (pp. 384-398). Routledge.

Other Publications

Cruz, Frances, Tan, Janina & Yonaha, Yvan Ysmael (2015) “Assisting the Reintegration of Philippine Return Migrants through Mobile Technology”, The Geneva Challenge 2015, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland


Scholarships and Awards

United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia Scholar

Award Year: 2020
Awadr title: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme