Research biography

Lilac is a proud product of Philippine public education. After finishing high school, she was awarded a college scholarship that enabled her to complete a degree in Development Studies with a minor in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Lilac worked with multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and UNICEF and provided technical assistance to projects related to education, child protection and disaster risk reduction and management. Prior to her PhD, she was closely involved in the Youth Education and Investment Labor Market Outcomes Survey, a baseline study of the Asian Development Bank and the Government of the Philippines’ Department of Education on factors that influence the decision making of students in choosing their education and career tracks. Lilac’s research interests span child protection, basic education, climate change, disaster risk and reduction and emergency response.

PhD Topic

Managing Odds: Addressing educational disadvantage through school accountability and better HRM practices


  • Dr Wojtek Tomaszewski (Principal)
  • Dr Jenny-Louise Povey (Associate)

Research Interests

  • Basic education
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Child Protection
  • Climate change
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Emergency response in humanitarian aid


Asian Development Bank. (forthcoming). Youth Education Investment and Labor Market Outcomes Survey. Asian Development Bank Working Paper.

Alcain, M.L., Calipjo-Cabural M., Florentino, L., Oco, T.C., Paule, M. (forthcoming). Study on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention: A Documentation of Good Practices. Quezon City: Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council.

Caspe-Florentino, L. (2017). Compendium of Good Practices on Efforts Against Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children in the Philippines. Quezon City: UNICEF Philippines.

World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (2016). Good Practices in Reducing Child Labor in Sugarcane Farms. Quezon City: ABK3LEAP.

Caspe-Florentino, L. (2013). Facilitating Community Engagement in Grassroots Innovation: Insights from the iBoP Asia Program. New Models of Innovation for Development. United Kingdom: University of Manchester.

Caspe-Florentino, L., & Torres, K. P. (2012). Facilitating Community Engagement at the Base of the Pyramid. ASIALICS, (pp. 37-62). Makati.

Ateneo School of Government. (2011). Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia. Quezon City: International Development and Research Centre.