Mary Ruzzel Morales


Mary Grace Joyce Alis Besenio, a Research Associate of Ateneo Social Science Research Center (ASSRC), joined ASSRC in June 2018. She supervises data collections and assists in developing technical proposals and in data processing and analysis.Trained as a social researcher, Grace took her Master of Science in Social Development at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2013 to 2015 and Bachelor of Arts in Development Communication at Ateneo de Naga University in 2010. She was a recipient of the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)-Department of Sociology and Anthropology Scholarship Program for Young Filipino Social Science Professionals, with funds from Ford Foundation. Her master’s thesis is concerned with developing bridging social capital among micro and small entrepreneurs that had granted her with John J. Carroll SJ Social Sciences Award. Previously,she was a research assistant of IPC in 2010-2013 and work immersion coordinator of Ateneo Senior High School in 2017.

Country: Philippines

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