About arnisson

Encapsulating what I think of myself in two paragraphs is a tricky task. I can try depicting myself as a passionate academic who loves to read books on social theory and search for orgasmic 'light bulb' moments through conversations, or as a frustrated visual artist who constantly attempts to visualize the merging of various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks with his everyday life but I always find other layers of me that cannot be articulated in words... Scholarly life that directly involves academic knowledge production can be both pleasurable and dangerous as it hurls the scholar into a vortex where concepts marry with the material realm she/he lives on a day-to-day basis, the memories of past experiences and future aspirations or fear. This has been my experience and I grapple each and every day trying to link myself (past, present, future and various identities across geographies) with my scholarly sojourn. As a scholar, I appreciate the negotiated freedom I enjoy. I have been exploring different dimensions and perspectives in viewing and depicting different social issues but I always ground my work on the material and everyday processes that vary across space and time. I appreciate the humanities and the richness of human experience. I consider myself a critical human geographer who loves to engage in multiple scholarly conversations with demographers, cultural anthropologists, urban planners, statisticians and historians. I am passionate about social justice and thus, my research projects address pressing social issues. I see my career path as a rich and 'open' journey that will use various ways and means in articulating and serving my research and political agenda, from writing books to putting up visual arts exhibits. C'est la vie!




I am an interdisciplinary geographer and critical demographer, with interests on urbanization, migration, GIS, counter-mapping, spatial statistics, and socio spatial theory. My recent projects have interrogated how neoliberal urbanism in the Philippines has facilitated a new round of property accumulation, the rise of new middle class subjectivities and the displacement of the poor. My current projects examine the rise of transnational suburbs and precarious suburbanisms in the Philippines and the role of alternative transnational economies in peri-urban developments.