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Fieldwork north of Manila, 2016 (Photo: Ervic Angeles)

I am a human geographer and critical demographer who is passionate about social justice. My interests lie at the intersection of urban, population, and community geographies. In particular, I examine the spatial politics of urbanization in the cities of the Global South, interlinking urban transformations with transnational mobilities of migrants, capital, and ideas, and interrogating the multiple spatial configurations of accumulation by dispossession. Over the past few years, I have focused on urban transformations in the Philippines, contributing to theorizations of new urban forms in the Global South, transnational urbanisms, and geographies of dispossessions.

 

I am an advocate for decolonial approaches in geography, particularly in underscoring commitment to place and in blurring the boundaries between the spaces of research and praxis. I am interested in developing creative ways of translating knowledge into practice by making use of mixed methods and participatory methodologies. My theoretical expositions draw from Global South terrains in order to further enrich an understanding of the ever-changing spatial configurations of capital, cultures, economies, and politics; and to make sense of the enduring neo-colonial relations that undergird the production of multiple spaces.