Politics of Urbanizing Natures in Manila
Funding period: 1 January 2019 – 31 July 2019
Type of funding: International Fellowship
Kristian is based at the Department of Geography, University of the Philippines, and will conduct his International Fellowship at the Department of Geography, Durham University under the mentorship of Professor Colin McFarlane. His research examines the contested urban natures of Manila through a political-ecological history of its 20th century urbanization and an account of the everyday politics of its contemporary environmental transformations. Based on sustained ethnographic and historical work in Manila and surrounding spaces, his research investigates the ways that politics pervades the production of urban natures. He is interested in probing various practices and imaginaries of city-making by focusing on urban metabolic processes in food and provisioning, flood infrastructures and risk, and informality and governance.