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Michael Pinches

Professor, BArch Melb., PhD Monash

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 18 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Future research

My major current research is concerned with the development of urban middle class housing estates - in particular, gated communities - in the Philippines (Manila and Cebu City) and the ways in which they embody changes in urban space, class distinction, consumer status, and governance. This work builds on my earlier research on squatter settlements in the Philippines. My secondary area of research deals with international Filipino migration and Filipinos in Australia.


Teaching of Social Inequality, Cities, Culture and Globalisation, Religion Politics and Society in Asia, Popular Culture in Asia, Migration Culture and Identity, and Contemporary Social Thought.


  • Cities, space and social difference
  • Class and culture
  • Ethnicity, nationalism and migration
  • Globalisation and development
  • Political anthropology
  • Social theory
  • Southeast Asia (especially the Philippines)

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Research Output 1992 2011

social capital

The making of middle class civil society in the Philippines

Pinches, M., 2010, The Politics of Change in the Philippines. Kasuya, Y. & Quimpo, N. G. (eds.). Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc., p. 284-312

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

The Philippines: History

Pinches, M. & Brown, I., 2005, In : The Far East and Australasia. 37, p. 1040-1059

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

Bamboo Dancers Down Under: The Filipino-Australian Intercultural Community in Western Australia

Pinches, M., 2004, A Changing People: Diverse Contributions to the State of Western Australia. Wilding, R. & Tilbury, F. (eds.). Perth: Department of the Premier and Cabinet, p. 284-302

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

The Philippines:History

Pinches, M. & Brown, I., 2004, In : The Far East and Australasia. 36, p. 993-1011

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

Projects 2003 2003