Clarence Batan

PhD (2010)

Dissertation title

ISTAMBAY: A Sociological Analysis of Youth Inactivity in the Philippines

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Why Dal?

My choice of DAL roots from my interest to work with the best Canadian sociologists working in field of sociology of youth in the. As an international student under the Government of Canada Awards (GOC) Program, at DAL I was offered additional scholarship assistance through the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship (as recommended by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology), and research and teaching assistantships that facilitated the completion of my doctoral education. It must have been usually cold in Canada but the warmth kindness and generosity of people working and living through multicultural contexts, coalescing with the charming Maritime sceneries, made my DAL education meaningful and worthwhile.

What inspires me

At present, I am pursuing a project entitled, Istambays (On Standbys): Filipino Children in the Period of Crises and Contingencies (1970-2013), which examines the life course of a sample of Filipino cohort born between 1970 and 1979 focusing on the experiences of “waiting for employment”, popularly known in the Philippines as  the “istambay” (on standby) phenomenon. The main argument focuses on demonstrating how confounding crises have shaped and structured the trajectories of this cohort of Filipino youth, which resulted to their varying degrees of istambay experiences (transitional delays). This study documents strategies of contingencies on how institutions such as family, church and civil society enhance and/or mitigate these transitional delays and how these istambay experiences permeate shared generational experience and unique life histories. This is funded by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNET) program.

What inspires me to pursue this research roots is the academic opportunity to investigate the istambay phenomenon in the Philippines using the theoretical lens of Sociology & empirical rigor of social science research, which would allow me to generate contexts-based policies, and research-based interventions for the marginalized youth sector of my country, the Philippines.


  • Batan, C. M., & Samaco, F. L. (2013). More Than 100 Years of Sociology? A Historical Reconstruction of the Teaching of Sociology in the University of Santo Tomas. Philippine Sociological Review, 61.
  • Batan, C. M. (2012).  A conceptual exploration of istambay phenomenon in the Philippines. Philippine Sociological Review, 60 (1), 101-130.
  • Batan, C. M. (2009).  An exploratory view of ‘idle youth’ in the Philippines. UNITAS, 82 (1), 225-236.
  • Batan, C.M. (2010). Batong-bahay: Naratibo ng kahirapan at tagumpay ng isang karaniwang pamilyang Pilipino (Stone house: A Filipino family’s narrative of poverty and success). University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Manila Philippines. [A creative non-fiction about his family.]
  • Batan, C.M. (2000) TALIM: Mga Kuwento ng Sampung Kabataan  (TALIM: Lifehistories of Ten Young People) published in Filipino by the Social Research Center, UST. [An advocacy book for rural youths with illustrations. Based on the MA thesis in Sociology, UP Diliman, Quezon City.]

Awards, honours and conferences

  • Outstanding Book Award (Contributor) – Philippine Sociological Review Volume 60 awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) 2013.
  • Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Visiting Fellow for International Studies Recipient, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, April to June 2013.
  • Silver Series Research Award – Office of the Vice-Rector on Academic Affairs and Research, University of Santo Tomas (University research award) 2012.
  • Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Research Fellowship Grant Recipient, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, June 9-23, 2012.
  • International Sociological Association (ISA) Conference Travel Grant Recipient, XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology at Gothenburg, Sweden 11-17 July 2010.
  • International Social Science Council (ISSC) Scholarship Award to attend the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) at Bergen, Norway 2009.
  • Certificate of Recognition by the International Student and Exchange Services (ISES), Dalhousie University 2008.
  • International Development Research Center Doctoral Research Award (IDRA) – International Development Research Center, Ottawa, Canada (International award) 2005.
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Grant, Dalhousie University (Canada) (International award) 2004-2006.
  • Government of Canada Award (GOC), Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Federal Government of Canada (International award) 2002-2004.