Public due diligence

I am a student of economic and political life, landscapes, and institutions.

Thematically, most of my work is either about the big business of big cities, or the politics of the climate and urban crises. My PhD is on land and the new geographies of Philippine capitalism.

I see my work as due public diligence: redistributing methods and data, so the stories that the powerful tell can be understood and confronted collectively. I work with archives, corporate and financial disclosures, and demographic data.

My work is mainly about Manila: an epistemically-marginalized case, as far as ‘urban theory’ is concerned. I also emphasize history and embeddedness, in a field defined by fast theoretical fashion. By necessity, I make observations on power and knowledge within academia: so far, under the themes of epistemicide and pakikipagsapalaran.

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