Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D.

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Professorial Lecturer
Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

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Rural development • agrarian reform, peasantry • Area studies • life histories • Mindanao • social movements and CSOs • globalization from below VIEW FULL PROFILE


  • Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
  • M.A. in Asian Studies (Southeast Asia), Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman


  • Rural development
  • Agrarian reform and the peasantry
  • Official development assistance
  • ASEAN regional integration
  • Theories in area studies
  • Alternative development paradigms
  • Life histories
  • Regional development (e.g., Mindanao)
  • Social movements and civil society organizations
  • Globalization from below


  • AS 210     Theories and Perspectives in Area Studies
  • AS 255.1  Social and Economic Development in SEAsia
  • AS 298     Special Problems in Asia - Alternative Development Paradigms
  • AS 253     Readings in SEAsia - Life Histories in SEAsia
  • AS 201a   Modern Asia 
  • AS 204     Agrarian Development and the Peasantry in Asia
  • AS 260     Seminar on South Asia
  • AS 250     Seminar on SEAsia 1 
  • AS 251     Seminar on SEAsia - Indonesia
  • AS 254     Special Problems in SEAsia - The 1997-98 Econ Crisis
  • PS 225     The Philippine Peasantry
  • PS 302     Theories and Perspectives in Philippine Studies


"Living in Times of Unrest: Bart Pasion and the Philippine Revolution." Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press (Forthcoming). 

Journal Articles

2016. "Political Dynasties in the Philippines: Persistent Patterns, Perennial Problems." Southeast Asia Research, July (co-authored with Teresa Tadem). 

2015. "Technocracy and the Peasantry: Martial Law Development Paradigms and Philippine Agrarian Reform." Journal of Contemporary Asia 45 (3): 394–418.

2012. "Development and Distress in Mindanao: a Political Economy Overview.Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 48:1–2. 

2012. “Grassroots Democracy, Non-State Approaches, and Popular Empowerment in Rural Philippines.” Philippine Political Science Journal 33 (2): 161–77.  

2012. “The Peasantry as a Class in the Philippine Context.” Philippine Social Science Review 64 (1): 67–97. 

2009. “The Filipino Peasant in the Modern World: Tradition, Change and Resilience.” Philippine Political Science Journal Volume 30 (Issue 53): 1–34.  

2008. “Peasant Lives in the Margin: The Life and Times of Vicente and Marcelina Narciso.” Singsing 6 (1). Angeles City: Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies. 

2007. “Reconstructing Peasant Lives in Central Luzon: The View from Below.” Social Science Diliman 4 (1–2): 1–35. 

Book Chapters

2010. “Marxism, the Peasantry and Agrarian Revolution in the Philippines.” In Marxism in the Philippines: Continuing Engagements, edited by Teresa Encarnacion Tadem and Laura Samson. Pasig: Anvil Publishing. 

2010. “Development Down the Drain: The Crisis of Official Development Assistance to the Philippines." In Finance or Penance for the Poor, edited by Filomeno Sta Ana III. Quezon City: Social Watch Philippines.

Other Publications

2017. "New Perspectives on Civil Society Engagement with ASEAN." Heinrich Boll Stifting Southeast Asia, 12 July. 

2017. "Challenging ADB's Immunity." Inquirer, 6 July. 

2017. "The Marawi Crisis and the Challenge of Higher Education." Inquirer, 3 July. 

2017. "Why the government TRAIN could derail." Inquirer, 23 June. 

2017. "Perils of an Unrestricted Rural Market." Inquirer, 7 June. 

2017. "Red flags on government debts." Inquirer, 29 May. 

2017. "Going bananas." Inquirer, 17 May. 

2017. "Why RCEP is the problem, not the solution." Inquirer, 17 May. 

2017. "Social debt in housing." Inquirer, 11 April. 

2017. "Historic audit of illegitimate debts." Inquirer, 9 November.

2016. "The Marcos Debt." Inquirer, 24 Nov.

2016. "The pitfalls of Special Economic Zones." Rappler, 10 Nov. 

2016. "A Huk Vet in Libingan ng mga Bayani." Inquirer, 7 Nov.

2016. "Can Duterte Fix Agrarian Reform?" Inquirer, 19 June.

2016. "The Saga of the Teduray Sisters." Inquirer, 17 June. 

2016. "Inequality, Debt and Tax Injustice." Inquirer, 6 March. 

2016. "Global economic downturn could affect PH." Inquirer, 24 February. 

2015. "Marcos should apologize to Filipino farmers." Inquirer, 2 September.  

2015. "Why not a presidential candidate from the left." Inquirer, 7 August. 

2014. "ASEAN's Elusive Integration." Talk of the Town, Inquirer, 4 May, A15. 

2013. "Territorial Disputes in East Asia: Alternative Approaches." Inquirer, 4 August. 

2010. “Why Indonesia Outperforms RP.” Inquirer, October 31 [Reposted in Blog, Politics for Breakfast]

2010. “Mindanao Question: Build a New Development Paradigm." Inquirer, 21 August [Reposted in Trade Union Congress of the Philippines].

2010. “Foreign Nurses and Caregivers in Japan.” Global Pinoy, Inquirer, 9 August. 

2010. "Development and Distress in Mindanao: A Political Economy Overview." UP Forum 11:1 (January–February) 1,3–15. 

2009. “Maguindanao Massacre: Political rivalry, not ‘rido’ driven." Inquirer, 5 December. 

2008. “Foreign Aid and CARP Extension.” Talk of the Town, Inquirer, July. Co-author (with Saturnino Borras and Mary Ann Manahan).