Charles Irvin S. Siriban is a Ph.D. candidate in economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. His research fields are political economy and development economics. He is interested in understanding the link between extreme weather events and local politics in developing countries. The first chapter of his thesis investigates whether politicians with kinship ties respond differently to extreme weather shocks in the Philippine context. He is also interested in studying the dynamics of special interest groups in the allocation and disbursement of international aid.