Pryor Placino

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Visiting Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University
Parramatta, Australia

Other Affiliations

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Global Studies

Thammasat University



PhD, Western Sydney University
MSc Geography, University of the Philippines Diliman
BSc Geography (cum laude), University of the Philippines Diliman

Honors and Awards

2021 - Thammasat University High Caliber Postdoctoral Research Grant

2020 - Geoforum Covid Emergency Support Fund

2020 - Southeast Asian Geography Association (Ooi Giok Ling) Award

2018 - Institute for Culture and Society 3-Minute Thesis 1st Prize Winner

2017 - Philippine Social Science Council Research Award Program (PhD)

2015 - Institute for Culture and Society Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2010 - Philippine Social Science Council Research Award Program (Master's)

2008 - Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia Graduate Research Grant

2008 - Asian Graduate Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Research Interests

Economic and development geography: informal labour, diverse economies of informal miners, social enterprises, agrarian transformation, agricultural and livelihood resilience, household livelihood-making

Science and technology studies: assemblages of concrete and alternative building material technologies, social innovations, co-making of commodities and livelihoods

Urban geography: tracing socionature in the context of urban architecture and alternative urban design and construction

Regional geography: community economies in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

Research methods: integrating field-based teaching into action research, hybrid research collective, socioecological profiling


Current research project: Strengthening Agricultural Resilience in Western Province, Papua New Guinea