Verna Dinah Q. Viajar, a Philippine national, is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR). She completed her PhD at the University of Osnabrück in 2019, and held a PhD fellowship at the International Center for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel from 2012–2016. Her research interests include the political economy of globalization, migrant and labour studies, Southeast Asian politics, and government and labour movement studies. Verna was involved with the Philippine student and labour movement beginning in 1989 while studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. After graduating, she worked as Programme Coordinator of Trade Union Education Program of the Labor Education and Research Network/LEARN and project coordinator for Global Network, a network of trade unions and NGOs in Asia against neoliberal globalization. She recently worked as project manager at the International Labour Organization Country Programme Manila from 2017–2019. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Philippines in Manila.
Characteristics and Contradictions of the Duterte Populist Leadership and the Philippine Left-Progressive Movement
This post-doctoral research examines the authoritarian-populist traits of the Duterte administration in relation to the Left movement in the context of worldwide trends towards authoritarian and populist leadership. “Is Duterte’s rise to power an historical accident or a fluke in the Philippines’ march to political development?”; “Is Duterte’s electoral victory reflected a protest vote against a liberal democratic system that tolerated increasing inequality despite economic growth?”; or is the rise of Duterte part of the trend towards authoritarian populist leaders sweeping the globe? This research intends to analyse these questions by examining power relations in the Philippine political economy using Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, defined as overt coercion or “domination”, yet with the “intellectual and moral leadership” of a particular social group.
Verna Dinah Q. Viajar. „Organizing Migration Domestic Workers in Malaysia: Ways out of Precarity“. In Trade Unions in Transformation: Success Stories 2018from all over the World, edited by Mirko Herberg. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (2018). http://europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article44794.
Verna Dinah Q. Viajar. “Dimensions of Precarity of migrant domestic workers: Constraints and spaces in labour organizing in Malaysia”. Labor and Globalization, Vol.8, München: Rainer Hampp Verlag (2017). https://kobra.uni-kassel.de/handle/123456789/2017082853327.
Verna Dinah Q. Viajar. “Implications of Economic Globalization on Labor Market Policies: A Comparative Study of the Philippines and Indonesia.” Philippine Political Science Journal 30, No. 53 (2009): 89-122. Manila: Philippine Political Science Association. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpsj20/30/53?nav=tocList