Academic Profile – Kristian Karlo C. Saguin

Kristian Karlo C. Saguin

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. in Geography, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
  • Master of Science in Geography, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Specializations: Political ecology, urban political ecology, urban studies, resource geographies, fisheries and aquaculture


  • Saguin, K (2020) Cultivating beneficiary citizenship in urban community gardens in Metro Manila. Urban Studies, 57(16): 3315-3330. DOI: 10.1177/0042098019897035 
  • Andriesse, E, Kittitornkool, J, Saguin, K, and Kongkaew, C (2020) Can fishing communities escape marginalisation? Comparing overfishing, environmental pressures and adaptation in Thailand and the Philippines, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, DOI: 10.1111/apv.12270.
  • Saguin, K (2019) “Return the lake to the people”: Populist political rhetoric and the fate of a resource frontier in the Philippines. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(2): 434-442. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1483815
  • Saguin, K (2019) Urban metabolism. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, ed. Orum, A. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0378
  • Saguin, K (2018) Political ecologies of urbanizing natures in Southeast Asia. In: Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia, ed. Padawangi, R. Routledge: London, 355-365.
  • Saguin, K (2018) Mapping access to urban value chains of aquaculture. Aquaculture, 493: 424-435. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.01.030
  • Saguin, K (2017) Producing an urban hazardscape beyond the city. Environment and Planning A 49(9): 1968-1985. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17718373
  • Saguin, KK, Chanco, CJ, Tan, AI, and Ortega, AA (2017) Reclaiming social equity in land use planning for sustainable cities. Public Policy 18: 99-126.
  • Saguin, K (2016) Blue revolution in a commodity frontier: Ecologies of aquaculture and agrarian change in Laguna Lake, Philippines. Journal of Agrarian Change 15(4): 571-593. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12114
  • Saguin, KK (2016) States of hazard: Aquaculture and narratives of typhoons and floods in Laguna de Bay. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 64(3-4): 527-554. 
  • Saguin, K (2014) Biographies of fish for the city: Urban metabolism of Laguna Lake aquaculture. Geoforum 54: 28-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.03.008

Selected Research Projects: 

  • Project Leader, “Philippine Disaster Information System (Phil-DIS),” Oct 2019-Mar 2021, funded by the University of the Philippines – Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs ECWRG 
  • Project Leader, “Political ecologies of interstitial food production spaces in Metro Manila,” Aug 2016-Jul 2019, funded by the University of the Philippines – Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development
  • Project Leader, “Toward Philippine green cities: Assessing land use, community practices and policies on urban sustainability,” Apr 2015-Apr 2016, funded by the University of the Philippines – Center for Integrative and Development Studies