Rising Young Political Scientist Cleve V. Arguelles Joins WR Numero as Head of Research


Cleve V. Arguelles is a political scientist renowned internationally for his expertise in Philippine and Southeast Asia politics. As the new Head of Research or WR Numero, he will use his skills to lead the roster of data-driven and innovative researchers at WR Numero. 

Arguelles brings years of experience as a political scientist. His research examines contemporary challenges of developing democracies and enduring autocracies in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

His work on disinformation, populism, and the global rise of China has been well received by many people and institutions in the industry who awarded him research grants. These include the Asia Democracy Network, Central European University Budapest Foundation, and the UN Development Programme. 

The firm takes pride that its new Head of Research has a solid track record of working with government agencies and international organizations. Arguelles has previously led research operations for the International Labour Organization, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police, and Save the Children International.

His research leadership role at WR Numero builds on his outstanding academic appointments. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at The Australian National University, and an Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at De La Salle University. He also served as Assistant Professor and Head of Political Science Program at the University of the Philippines in Manila, Associate Editor of the journal Asian Politics & Policy, and a founding Vice President of the Philippine International Studies Organization.

WR Numero and its partners will benefit from Arguelles’ top-notch training in politics and research. He earned his BA Political Science from UP and MA Political Science (with Distinction) from the Central European University where he was also awarded the Best Thesis prize. He currently holds an Australian Government Research Training Program fellowship (2019-2022) to complete his PhD in International, Political, and Strategic Studies at The Australian National University.

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