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The 2024 Aileen San Pablo Baviera Prize

Call for Nominations (21 March 2024 to 21 May 2024)

Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera was Professor and former Dean of the University of the Philippines Asian Centre. She passed away on 21 March 2020. Professor Baviera was a founding member of GRADNAS, and as one of our Senior Scholars, showed her warm support for our activities and for the Emerging Scholars Network in many ways. In memory of our dear friend and colleague, GRADNAS has established the Aileen San Pablo Baviera Prize in 2021, to recognize impactful academic publications on Southeast Asia-China international relations.

2024 Prize Criteria:

Academic publication (peer-reviewed journal article, book, or book chapter).

Published between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2023.

Subject or focus of publication: Southeast Asia-China international relations, with an emphasis on Southeast Asian dynamics.

Potential or demonstrated scholarly contribution and non-academic impact.

To apply:

We welcome self-nominations and third-party nominations. Please email with the following information:

1. A soft copy of the nominated academic publication.

2. Contact details of the author(s).

3. A statement of nomination, with reference to the Prize Criteria above (max 300 words).

We particularly encourage applications from early career scholars, who obtained their doctorate within eight years of the date of publication of the nominated item.

Closing date: 21 May 2024.

Announcement of results: 21 June 2024

2022-23 Prize Committee: Helen Nesadurai, Evelyn Goh, Alvin Camba.


Aileen S. P. Baviera was a leading Southeast Asian scholar, an expert on Philippine foreign policy and a China specialist, whose research focused on China’s international and security relations, especially in Southeast Asia. She traversed the academic and policy worlds with equal ease. Her work was marked by accuracy and integrity, and she brought grace, humility and kindness to all her engagements with others. In 2016, Professor Baviera noted that, in Southeast Asian scholarship, “it is important to put more China content across different fields so that a broad range of stakeholders will come to appreciate the different aspects of China”, reminding us that “[t]he goal is to publish more original research and come up with research-based analyses and recommendations.”

For more information about Professor Aileen San Pablo Baviera’s work and legacy which this prize commemorates, see this short article in the Chinese Studies Journal vol. 15.

Congratulations to the winner of the inaugural 2022 Prize, Dr. Alvin Camba (University of Denver), for his article "How Chinese firms approach investment risk: strong leaders, cancellation, and pushback," Review of International Political Economy (2021), DOI:10.1080/09692290.2021.1947345 

The Committee commended this article, which will make an important contribution to the field of Southeast Asia-China international relations. It noted the article's engagement with the sociological/cultural turns in International Relations, important in the context of International Political Economy. It also appreciated that the article’s very rich empirical content aligns well with Professor Aileen Baviera’s scholarly philosophy regarding the nexus between theory and empirical work.

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