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Marvin Joseph F. Montefrio, Ph.D.


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  • Associate Professor



PhD (Environmental and Natural Resources Policy), State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2014

MPA (Environment and Conflict Studies), Maxwell School of Syracuse University, 2014

MSc (Environmental Management), National University of Singapore, 2007

BS (Civil Engineering), University of the Philippines, 2001


Research Areas

  • Environmental Governance, Policy and Politics
  • Political Ecology
  • Environment and Development
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Conflict and Collaboration
  • Upland Development, Agriculture, Food and Energy



Montefrio, M.J.F. (2014). State Versus Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Comparative Analysis of Stable System Parameters, Policy Constraints, and the Process of Delegitimation. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 16(4), 335-355.

Montefrio, M.J.F., Ortiga, Y.Y., & Josol, M.R.C. (2014). Inducing development: Social remittances and the expansion of oil palm. International Migration Review, 48(1), 216-242.

Montefrio, M.J.F. (2013). The green economy and land conflicts. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 25(4), 502-509.

Josol, M.R.C., & Montefrio, M.J.F. (2013). Understanding the resilience of swidden agro-ecosystems interacting with rubber and oil palm production regimes in the Philippines. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 37(7), 812-833.

Montefrio, M.J.F., & Sonnenfeld, D.A. (2013). Global-local tensions in contract farming of biofuels involving indigenous communities in the Philippines. Society & Natural Resources, 26(3), 239-253.

Montefrio, M.J.F. (2012). Privileged biofuels, marginalized indigenous peoples: the co-evolution of biofuels development in the tropics. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 32(1), 41-55.

Montefrio, M.J.F., & Sonnenfeld, D.A. (2011). Forest, fuel, or food? Competing coalitions and biofuels policymaking in the Philippines. Journal of Environment and Development, 20(1), 27-49.

Montefrio M.J.F., & Obbard J.P. (2010). Economics of biodiesel derived from waste cooking oil in the Philippines. Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy, 5(4), 337-347.

Montefrio, M.J.F., & Obbard, J.P. (2010) Recovery and pretreatment of fats, oil and grease from grease interceptor for biodiesel production. Applied Energy, 87(10), 3155-3161.


Teaching Areas/Classes

  • Environment and Society
  • Social Theory and the Environment
  • Public Policy (Environmental Policy)
  • Social Science Research Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  • Science, Technology and Society


Current Students/Advisees

Janeth Hyatt, MA (candidate), Political Science. Proposed thesis topic: Belief Systems in Public Housing Policy Subsystem in the Philippines: An Advocacy Coalition Framework Approach.

  • I am currently handling 18 final year undergraduate students currently working on their thesis. Topics include politics of environmental and energy policy, land politics and agrarian change, disaster management, social constructions of political identities, contemporary national and local government electoral politics, state and civil society relations, among others.

  • If you would like to work with me on your research project, I am particularly interested in advising works related only to environmental, energy, agricultural, food, urban built environmental issues, disaster, and health (to a certain extent). For topics outside the aforementioned list, please consult with me if I would be keen to advise. Looking forward to hearing from you!