Dr. Gideon LASCO

Dr. Gideon LASCO

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a physician and medical anthropologist. He is senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman's Department of Anthropology and research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University's Development Studies Program. He obtained his MD and MSc (Medical Anthropology) from the UP College of Medicine and his PhD (Anthropology) from the University of Amsterdam.

Gideon’s current research projects include analyzing the impacts of the drug wars in Asia, understanding drug use among young people in the Philippines, and historicizing drug policies in the region. He was visiting PhD researcher at the Washington University of St. Louis (2015) and National University of Singapore's Asia Research Institute (2016); as well as visiting faculty at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil where he taught a course in Medical Anthropology (2019). 

An advocate of health reform, Dr. Lasco was selected as an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia for the year 2019. In the same year he co-wrote a report on the state of drug policy in Asia for the International Drug Policy Consortium, and in 2020 he wrote the Asia chapter in the Global State of Harm Reduction report by Harm Reduction International.

Senior Lecturer
Department of Anthropology
University of the Philippines Diliman

Research Area:

  • Drug policy
  • Anthropology of illicit substances
  • Young people's engagement with law enforcement