Research Fellow

PhD, Anthropology, National University of Singapore


Rafael Martinez is trained as a lawyer and a linguist. He recently completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at NUS. His research focuses on mainland and insular cities in Southeast Asia and involves recycling of sacred places, the production of ephemeral and provisional space, urban mobilities, and temporary identities. He uses an experimental methodology based on a collaborative approach with informants in the field. By means of collaborative experiments such as descriptive, interpretative, ethnographic, biographical, reflexive, and technical, Rafael sees informants as epistemic collaborators, encouraging them to pursue the analytical interests of both the ethnographer and the subjects themselves. Rafael is currently a research fellow in the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities where he works in a multidisciplinary project on Southeast Asian megacities.