Dr. Virginia (Ginnie) Bacay Watson is a professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and the Philippines case study scholar on the Rising Powers Initiative’s project exploring the linkages between energy security and maritime strategies in Asia. Her areas of interest include science, technology and security in the Asia-Pacific region, water security, and Southeast Asia geopolitics. She has held appointments at the University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines, and served as an exchange faculty for the University of Colorado in Beijing, China, as well as a consultant on issues pertaining to water security, S&T, and the Philippines. She is currently working on “Governance in Asia: Issues in Emerging Technologies” and is editor of “Science, Technology and Security: Issues of Concern Now and Ahead.”
Dr. Watson obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Asian Studies and Management of Financial Institutions from the Philippines. She holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University and a doctorate in International Studies (in the field of comparative politics) in the areas of Public Policy and International Technology Assessment & Management from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She is fluent in Tagalog and Ilonggo and conversant in Japanese and Spanish.