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Despite strong public awareness of Thailand’s entry to the ASEAN Community is, there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the social and economic implications for the country and people. How do we prepare the country effectively for entry? What information is required to evaluate possible scenarios? Most importantly, what information do government agencies need to prepare to help investors and the general public prepare themselves to adapt to a new era.



Collating detailed analyses to inform negotiations and decision-making must be entrusted to an agency or research institution with the necessary in-depth knowledge in related fields. Chulalongkorn University has the necessary high-level expertise directly related to the ASEAN Community. However, these human resources are distributed across many faculties and research institutes, so the establishment of the ASEAN Studies Cluster is a significant step in the integration of this expertise to undertake multi-disciplinary research work to inform decision-makers at various levels for the benefit of the country.

The Cluster’s main principle is to foster collaboration and mutual learning among researchers not only across Thailand but across the whole ASEAN region. The research focuses upon civil society,   human security, social and cultural values ​​and beliefs, trade in services and investment. The cluster’s sub-themes for research include the principles of democracy, promotion and protection of human rights, promoting the rule of law and good governance, understanding of music and dramatic art, religion and beliefs, trade transactions, services, investment and mobility of skilled labour.

Cluster Director: Assoc. Prof. Nualnoi Treerat, Ph.D.


Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence for Mekong Studies

The Mekong Studies Center is a Center of Excellence under the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University. The Center has been studying about countries situated along the Mekong River for more than 20 years. Its objectives are to research, study and gather information in various dimensions about countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), as well as to distribute the knowledge to the public. The study scope includes but is not limited to political issues, economy, trade and investment, sociology, culture, minority people, ethnic diversity, energy and natural resources, environment and human rights. Additionally, the Center serves as a consultant to several organizations as well as a coordinator to sources of funds which support the production of research or body of knowledge concerning GMS countries.

Research Highlights
  • A study on Cross Border Economic and Social Transformation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS): Impacts and Implications
  • An In-depth study on Economic potential of the areas of Thailand along Tanintharyi Division and Andaman Coastal line, Myanmar (Rewarded from Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund 2009)
  • Perceptions and understanding of neighboring countries’ stakeholders toward Thailand
  • Neighbors’ perceptions of Thailand
  • Viet Kieu in Thailand and Thai-Vietnamese Relationship (Rewarded from Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund 2005)
  • A Guide for Business and Investment in Myanmar, Laos PDR. and Vietnam (2010)
  • The Co-operative Development in Ethanol and Bio-diesel Industry between Thailand and Cambodia as base for alternative energy in the region
  • A study for the preparation of the International Energy strategy and work plan (Rewarded from Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund 2014)
  • The study of impacts and benefits originated from NEDA’s assisted project. Chiangrai-Kunming via Lao PDR road (R3) improvement project.
  • The study of impacts and benefits originated from NEDA’s assisted project. Koh Kong-Sre Ambel road (R48) improvement project.
  • The Study of Basic Guidelines on Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) Implementation in the targeted ASEAN Countries for Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT ) Public Company Limited
  • Alcohol Industry in the ASEAN Countries and Its Impacts on Thailand

Source of Funding: The Thailand Research Fund (TRF), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Culture, The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI), Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (Public Organization) (NEDA), PTT Public Company Limited (PTT), Siam Cement Group (SCG) and Siam Commercial Bank Limited, amongst others.

Major Collaboration: IRASEC, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, School of Politics La Troube University, Australia, ASEAN TODAI Energy Research, Tokyo University, IAS-CSEAS Southeast Asia Consortium, International Organization – MEENET, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences (YASS), Chinese Academy of South and Southeast Asian Studies (Kunming) and GMS’s leading universities network; such as University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, National University of Laos, Laos PRD., Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Key Contact Person

Mr. Ukrist Pathmanand
Tel.: +662-218-7468
Fax.: +662-218-7459





Institute of Asian Studies

“The Institute of Asian Studies (IAS)” was renamed from “the Asian Institute”, which was founded in 1967 as a unit within the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. On May 10, 1985 the Royal Decree established IAS as an independent institution with the objectives to build, develop and disseminate research knowledge in the field of Asian Studies and integrate its work with graduate studies, academic services and others. In order to achieve the goal of being an excellent academic institute in Asian Studies, IAS aims to act as a reference for both national and international levels due to the high quality of works from researchers who have knowledge, expertise and experiences. They also cooperate and have network with other academic institutes in the region and the world.

Research Highlights

1. Chinese Studies Center with research projects on “Diplomatic Discourse of East Asian Superpowers: China/ Japan”, “Development of Chinese Language Teaching in Thailand” and “Major Powers towards ASEAN and Thailand”.

2. Mekong Studies Center with research projects on “The Role of Business Groups and Political Reform in Myanmar” “The Influence of China in ASEAN: A Case Study of the Greater Mekong Sub- region” and “Alcohol Industry in the ASEAN Countries and Its Impacts on Thailand”.

3. Asian Research Center for Migration with research projects on “Assessing Potential Changes in the Migration Patterns of Myanmar Migrants and Its Impacts on Thailand” “Sustainable Solutions to Displaced Person Situation on the Thai-Myanmar Border” and “Employment Practices and Working Conditions in Thailand’s Fishing Sector”.

4. Muslim Studies Center with research projects on “Creating the Three Southern Border Provinces for Sustainable Living: A Systematic Knowledge Management in Thai Society and ASEAN Community (Year 1-4)” “Role of Islam in Contributing to the Construction of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community” and “Generate Peace to the Land”.

5. Other researchers with research projects on “Moral in ASEAN: Voluntary Spirit in ASEAN Continental” “Studying International Successful Development Models through Organizing Brainstorming and Experiences Exchange Sessions” and “Border Management after Completely Integrated into ASEAN Social and Cultural Community: A Case Study of Nakhon Chai Burin Province (Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, Surin)”.

Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Dr. Nualnoi Treerat,

Director of the Institute of Asian Studies

Tel.: +662-218- 7460; Fax: +662-255- 1124



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Transportation Institute, Chulalongkorn University

Transportation Institute was renamed from the Merchant Marine Institute, which was founded in 1991 with the objective to be a knowledge and research center on Transportation and Logistics for Thailand and the ASEAN region. The scope of the Institute covers all aspects and transportation modes, including road, rail, water and air transportation. The missions are to be an assembly of transportation specialists and academics for knowledge sharing and research collaboration, to support related study subjects, to recommend government and private organizations and to disseminate the knowledge to general public through journal publication and short-course curriculum.

Research Highlight
  • Cross-border Transportation and Economic Corridor
  • Port and Water Transportation
  • Safety Management System on Highways and Rural Roads
  • Public Transportation Policy and Management
  • Freight Transportation Modelling for ASEAN region

Source of Funding: Ministry of Transport (Office of Transportation and Traffic Planning and Policy, Department of Highways, Department of Rural Roads, Department of Land Transport, Marine Department, Port Authority of Thailand, State Railway of Thailand, Airport Authority of Thailand, The Transport, Co., Ltd., etc), Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry, Donmuang Tollway, Co., Ltd., etc), Iron & Steel Institute of Thailand, NSTDA, National Research Council, Thailand Research Fund, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Major Collaboration: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Mekong Institute, Team Group of Companies and many worldwide university partners.

Key Contact Person

Assistant Professor Dr. Chackrit Duangphastra

Tel.: +662-218-7440

Fax: +662-218-7446


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