Resilient city making: revanchism, ‘danger zone’ evictions, and urban production in post-Ondoy Manila

A critical examination of Metro Manila’s flood and disaster resilience project


I am a Filipina critical human geographer and urban political ecologist, pursuing doctoral research at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL). I am a recipient of the DPU 60th ANNIVERSARY DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. I also received the 2018 GILBERT F. WHITE THESIS AWARD from the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, for my master’s thesis in Sociology at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

My research examines flood-resilient city making in Metro Manila. This project is part of a larger intellectual agenda that seeks to understand new drivers and methods of displacement and urban change, to unpack the processes and the politics that underpin urban production in the Philippine capital region.

My research has been published in a symposium issue of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), which recognised my paper as a TOP CITED ARTICLE FOR 2019-2020; in the critical analysis and theory-making section of the launching issue of Radical Housing Journal; and in a special issue of Journal of Urban Technology reflecting on 20 years of a key publication in critical infrastructure studies.

Other writings include a chapter in the book, “Cities of Dignity: Urban Transformations Around the World”, published by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels, as well as essays for international magazines dedicated to critical reflections on the politics of bodies and space as well as to socialist and leftist perspectives on politics, economy, and culture. Her essays have appeared in The Funambulist, Jacobin, and New Left Review (Sidecar), and have been translated into German for Jacobin-Magazin (Germany) and into Spanish for El Salto Diario.

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