Andria Timmer

2008 Spicer Winner

spicer_timmer.jpgAndria Timmer is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Iowa.  She received her BA in anthropology, with an emphasis on applied anthropology, from the University of North Texas in 2001, and holds master’s degrees in cultural anthropology and public health (community and behavioral health), both from the University of Iowa.  Her research concerns the activities of civil sector organizations to address the needs of ethnic and economic minorities.  Towards the completion of her master’s degree, Andria conducted field research in Nicaragua focusing on the work of nongovernmental organizations in their efforts to alleviate childhood malnutrition.  The basis for this research was the different discursive strategies used by NGOs and parents of malnourished children.   She began her dissertation research looking at health related NGOs in Hungary, which is the focus of her presentation at this year’s conference, but she shifted to look at education NGOs.  In her dissertation, she analyzes how the Roma/Gypsy minority in Hungary are segregated in the education system and the manner in which nongovernmental and civil sector organizations are currently attempting to integrate schooling.  The purpose of this research is to understand the societal and policy level measures that have supported and maintained a segregated system, assess the activities undertaken by those organizations working to rectify the situation, and provide a working model for effective NGO action.


Ronald Hector A. Villanueva

2008 Spicer Winner

spicer_villanueva.jpgHecky is a doctoral candidate in anthropology with a minor in management and policy at the U. of Arizona.  He was also a graduate research assistant at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), U. of Arizona on two projects.  The first was the e-development project with Dr. Jim Greenberg and Dr. Mamadou Baro, who explored how information and communication technologies (ICT) can complement development strategies to enhance the livelihoods of the poor.  The initial focus was in  the Philippines and Senegal.  The second project was with Dr. Diane Austin, who evaluated alternative cooking, heating, and housing technologies and strategies for colonias in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for possible replication in the U.S.-Mexico border region. 

His dissertation research is on the fast expanding social movement known as Gawad Kalinga (Filipino for “to give care”) that seeks to build 700,000 homes, in seven thousand communities, in seven years.  Many of the Gawad Kalinga sites are in Metro Manila, Philippines, where he lived and worked until his entry into the doctorate program in 2003.  Professionally, he brings more than a dozen years of work experience in both the public (regulatory) and private (research and consulting) sectors.  His work covered research, project management, conflict resolution, process documentation, and impact assessment. He worked, lived, and struggled in an environment characterized, at one time or another, as a dictatorship, revolutionary (People Power I & II), coup d’état- plagued, mired in economic difficulties, and conflict-ridden.   Nevertheless, he says he is privileged to have met, worked with, and learned from some of the most dedicated educators, professionals, environmentalists, and human rights activists.  He has worked with communities of all types from indigenous cultural communities to farmers, fishermen, and urbanized communities, all of whom have been warm, helpful, and sincere despite social, political, and economic difficulties.  

He currently heads a foundation that seeks to map the “green” areas of Metropolitan Manila under the auspices of the Green Map System (New York).  He continues to work with social movements focused on nation building such as Gawad Kalinga and RockEd Philippines.  He has undertaken EARA-approved EMS and ISO 14000 Team Leader training courses.  He is an accredited EIA-preparer in the Philippines. He was the Editor of the Arizona Anthropologist for Issue 17.