DR. KRISTOFFER B. BERSE
Director for Research and Creative Work
UP Resilience Institute (UPRI), UP Diliman

He is the Director for Research and Creative Work of the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI), and concurrent Associate Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He teaches courses on public policy, research methods, local government, and special topics in public administration, particularly disaster risk governance, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Kris has a multi-disciplinary background in urban management (PhD, University of Tokyo), environmental studies (MES, University of Tokyo) and public administration (BA, University of the Philippines). He has also received advanced training in sustainable development, environmental leadership and disaster risk management through programs offered either independently or jointly by the University of Tokyo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Chalmers University of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH-Zurich), United Nations University, and Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

Kris held the UP Diliman Rafael Salas Professorial Chair in Public Administration (2018-2019) and was conferred the 2019 Virginia Miralao Excellence in Research Award by the Philippine Social Science Council. He was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the Philippine Public Safety College (2020) and sits as Technical Evaluation for Public Administration of the Commission on Higher Education (2020-2023). Internationally, Kris is an IRDR Young Scientist and was one of the inaugural Research Associates of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). Dr. Berse specializes in disaster risk governance, crisis management, climate change adaptation, and inter-local cooperation strategies