Asia-Pacific Food

Transecting “Healthy” and “Sustainable” Food in the Asia Pacific Food, Culture & Society Special Issue (Expected online October 2019) In the last few years, many new food practices that claim to be “healthy” and “sustainable” have become ubiquitous in Asia and the Pacific. New food trends—such as locavorism, organic eating, switching to brown rice, andContinue reading “Asia-Pacific Food”


Agritourism (or Farm Tourism) has become not just a popular tourism enterprise, but also a sustainable rural development tool. Governments of developing countries, such as the Philippines, are banking on the income diversification potential of agritourism to uplift the lives of their impoverished small farmers. This research project critically interrogates how agritourism programs are emergingContinue reading “Agritourism”

Alternative Food

There has been an unprecedented emergence of new trends in the production, marketing and consumption of what is currently promoted as “sustainable” agri-food in Southeast Asia. Over the past decade, food stuff that claim to be “organic,” “local,” “farm-to-table,” “slow food,” to name a few, have started to emerge in farms, markets and retail establishmentsContinue reading “Alternative Food”

Food Security

Over the last few decades, smallholder farmers in frontier lands and uplands in the Philippines have negotiated with changing conditions of food security. Historically, smallholders (particularly indigenous farmers) have relied on swidden cultivation and gathering of non-timber forest products as direct source of food nourishment and as means of acquiring cash to purchase food stuff.Continue reading “Food Security”

Policy Process

It has always been of interest in academia and practice how certain environmental policies gain salience in the political arena and get formulated and enacted. Many scholars continue to explore the social, cultural, economic, political and biophysical factors that affect the fate of proposed and created environmental policies. During my doctoral studies, I engaged inContinue reading “Policy Process”

Envi Conflict

Conflict and violence are prevalent in environmental and natural resources management. Individuals and groups collide when institutions establish boundaries that cause human displacements and exclusions from access to land and natural resources. I worked with a small team of researchers at Palawan State University, in cooperation with the Forest Management Bureau in the Philippines, toContinue reading “Envi Conflict”


The migration-development-environment nexus is an emerging area of scholarship in migration and environmental studies. I worked with a small team of sociologists and environmental scientists to further explore the implications of migration on the environments of sending communities. Related to my larger study on decision-making and low carbon commodity contracts in the Philippines, we investigatedContinue reading “Migration”