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Communities and Human lives



As one of Chulalongkorn University’s missions is to use the knowledge gained to better the country’s development for the long run. This is because our university emphasized the importance of sustainable social development, which begins with the seven fundamental human security and social development aspects. This belief and concept is also aligned with the United Nations Deveopment Programme (UNDP). Therefore, the Social Development and Human Security Research Cluster was established in order to gain cooperation from scholars and experts from various disciplines to conduct research and academic works focusing on relevant human security issues in Thailand and neighboring countries. Recent research projects funded in the year 2016 – 2017 are based on 7 sub-areas within the human security issues as summarized.



In the globalized era, the world has experienced dramatic changes in various dimensions, such as economic, social, cultural and technological advancements. These changes have inevitably affected social communities and human lives, particularly in terms of social development and human security. This issue has been addressed by various major international organizations for example the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as in many countries in ASEAN, as they all have attempted to tackle the social development and human security problems.

Key Contact Person

Assist. Prof. Wiraporn Potisiri,Ph.D.

Assist. Prof. Watcharaporn Boonyasiriwat, Ph.D.

Assist. Prof. Thanapan Laiprakobsup, Ph.D.

Assist. Prof. Kakanang Maneesri, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Siripen Supakankunti, Ph.D.

Assist. Prof. Naruemon Thabchumpon, Ph.D.

Assist. Prof. Vorapat Inkarojrit, Ph.D.

Research Highlight

1. Assessment of the social, economic and political dimensions of policy challenges for Thai population and people within the region, analyzed through a human security lens.

2. Through systematic research, recommend inclusive and sustainable policy solutions that addresses the needs of marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

3. Catalyze community empowerment through participatory research techniques, affirm the value of local culture, and further the resilience and quality of people’s livelihoods.

Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence for Thai Music and Culture Research

The Center of Excellence for Thai Music and Culture (CETMC) was founded in 2011 with the objective of focusing research on Thai culture and traditions, including urban studies, the mapping of tangible and intangible resources, livability, sustainable development, creative city support and community and individual well-being. Over thirty research projects have been conducted and thirteen books have been published by Chulalongkorn University Press. Moreover, CETMC has extended its network internationally by partnering with the Urban Research Plaza and Japan’s Osaka City University. CETMC also collaborates with Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Journal of Urban Culture Research through its biannual publication platform. The research highlight of CETMC are its book and website inventorying the discovery of over 270 cultural resources across Bangkok’s 50 districts. The book is titled The Living Local Cultural Sites of Bangkok and the website is and via facebook #where to go in Bangkok.

Research Highlights

1. Conducted the first ever intake mapping of Bangkok’s intangible living local cultural sites of 50 districts

2. Promoted the living local cultural sites via its online platform as a resource for enhancing cultural tourism

3. Encouraged the development of local cultural learning centers throughout Bangkok

4. Supported cooperation and research for the sustainability of urban culture

5. Supported cultural preservation of traditions and intergeneration transmission

6. Created international urban culture research network

Centre of Excellence on Biodiversity

Research and Development, and integrate knowledge on biodiversity together with development quality of researcher for high competition and moral. Develop the National Natural History Museum as reference source for national biodiversity academy with high international standard  including create networking and co-operation on research with other organizations and co-ordinate knowledge to local for conservation management and sustainable utilization for Thai society and  response to international organization policy especially the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)

Research Highlight
  1. Forest microorganisms and their potential in agriculture and environment application
  2. Insect applications for agriculture and food production at global scale
  3. Utilization and conservation on plants for sustainable development
  4. The Co-operation on Academic and Economic Evaluation and Utilization of Asean Bio-resources
Key Contact Person


Professor Dr. Somsak Panha


Website :

Center of Excellence for Marine Biotechnology (CEMB)

The Center of Excellence for Marine Biotechnology (CEMB) was established as the Marine Biotechnology Research Unit (MBRU) in 1987 as a cooperative research laboratory between the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) and Chulalongkorn University. The CEMB is a consortium among groups of researchers from BIOTEC and academic staffs from Chulalongkorn University. In 2003, MBRU was recognized by Chulalongkorn University as the Center of Excellence for Marine Biotechnology based on its distinguished research and development activities. The center carries out research and development on the utilization and conservation of marine bioresources that fulfill Thailand’s socioeconomic needs.

Research Highlight
  1. Aquaculture
  2. Molecular Genetics
  3. Aquaculture Nutrition and Probiotics
  4. Aquaculture Environmental Biotechnology
  5. Marine Biology

Key Contact Person

  Assistant Professor  Dr. Sanit Piyapattanakorn

Research Unit

Infrastructure Management Research Unit

The Infrastructure Management Research Unit at Chulalongkorn University was started in early 2013, with research areas that include the development of infrastructure management in Thailand, research, technology, equipment, software and management system using GIS technology. The contribution of academic research to create, develop and exchange knowledge. In addition, the unit seeks to develop human resources in infrastructure management for supporting teaching and learning, and in collaborating between academic services and government agencies, state enterprises and private organizations.

Research Highlights
  1. Study of infrastructure management in Thailand.
  2. Development of technology, equipment and software for infrastructure management.
  3. Development of management system using GIS technology.
  4. Collaborating academic services to government agencies, state enterprises and private organizations.
Key Contact Person

Asst. Prof. Dr. Boonchai Sangpetngam

Center for Social Development Studies

The Center for Social Development Studies in the Faculty of Political Science was established in 1985. The center aims to produce multi-disciplinary critical research on innovative, inclusive and sustainable regional development in Southeast Asia. We seek to engage in policy-making through participating in research, policy and academic networks, applying co-production of knowledge research methods, and through communicating our research publicly. We also support young and mid-career researchers and public intellectuals via collaborating with the MA in International Development Studies (MAIDS) program, and through running fellowship programs. To provide a forum for debating critical issues on development, we organize seminars, conferences and workshops.

Research Highlights
  • Hakha town is the capital of Chin State, Myanmar. Over the past decade, this town’spopulation has suffered severe water shortages.
  • Our research examines: the factors contributing to this water scarcity; how urban water is governed; and potential solutions.
  • Key factors producing water scarcity include: the towns growing population resulting in rising demand; and deforestation of the surrounding landscape reducing supply, linked to road construction, the construction of a military base, and urban and agricultural expansion.
  • Regarding water governance, there is no municipal water supply, and instead a mosaic of community-led practices that has emerged by necessity.
  • Our research recommends that to ensure inclusive and sustainable water security, plans for future municipal water supply can build on and coordinate with existing community water governance practices.
Key Contact Person

Asst. Prof. Dr Carl Middleton, Director, Center for Social

Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science,

Chulalongkorn University.

Website: security-in- hakha/

Animal Systematics Research Unit

Fundamental research on the biodiversity of living things creates the basic knowledge on species, population genetics and ecosystems, which can be used in bio-resource management for conservation, sustainable utilization and to create innovation for the real sector under the UN Sustainable Development Strategy. Research on the systematics of land snails, earthworms and centipedes will lead to the mentioned outcomes, as well as training national researchers to a high degree of competitiveness at national and international levels from our tropical bio-resource base of Thailand and Asean.



Research Highlight
  1. Genetic diversity and biomolecule from mantle of the terrestrial snail genera Hemiplecta, Cryptozona and Amphidromus plus semi-slugs for development as cosmeceutical products and healing substances.
  2. Systematics and genetic diversity of the centipede family Scolopendridae and co-operative studies on toxinology with the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, The Thai Red Cross Society
  3. The impact of the alien apple snail genus Pomacea on the local species genus Pila in Thailand and Lake Indawgyi, Myanmar, for management of invasive alien species (IAS), conservation and aquaculture for the resurrection of indigenous species.
  4. Earthworm based agriculture for ecosystem restoration and sustainable development




Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Somsak Panha




Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI)

Founded in 1974 as the first institute of social science research in Thailand, CUSRI has its main mission in social sciences knowledge production by research. The Institute emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to seek knowledge and understanding of social transformation in relation to the economy, society, politics, education, culture and the environment and the ensuing impacts of changes in these areas. Apart from producing the research knowledge, which introduced new methodology to Thai academics, the Institute has originated a progressive development concept, for instance, alternative developments, the revival of indigenous knowledge.

Research Highlights
  • Research Highlights
    • Cultural dynamics and ethnicity
    • Structural changes in rural areas and social transformation of the agricultural society
    • Sustainability transition
    • Human security and development
    • Environment and community
    • Right and social justice

    Source of Funding: Senshu University, Japan

    Thai Health Foundation

    Thailand Research Fund

    Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

    Office of the Narcotics Control Board

    Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Antropology Center (Public Organization)

    Social Security Office

Key Contact Person

Association Professor Dr. Prapart Pintobtang,

Director of Social Research Institute

Tel.: +662-218- 7398

Fax: +662-215- 5523


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Institute of Thai Studies

The Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University was established in 1975 as “The Thai Studies Project” by the Academic Affairs Section. On 1 February 2010, it was promoted by Chulalongkorn University to be a research Institute with missions as follows;

1. To conduct integrated studies and research on Thai-Tai studies

2. To disseminate research and knowledge nationally and internationally

3. To build international networks of Thai studies to continuously expand the body of knowledge for the sustainable development of Thai society

Research Highlights

– Thai-Tai Studies (Focus on humanities and social sciences)– Buddhist studies and Thai buddhism– Current issues of Thailand in a global context and knowledge

– Trends and critical theory on a subject in the Tai-Thai region

– Thai and ASEAN relations of which Thailand is a major subject of the research or research that aims for an understanding of Thai-Tai

– The Project of Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS) and The Project of Empowering Network for International Thai and ASEAN Studies (ENITAS) has provided scholarships for graduate students and scholars working on Thai studies, Thai-ASEAN studies or related disciplines in order to increase and disseminate research works and encourage young researchers in Thai studies

– International and National conference on Thai-Tai studies related on cultural topics, such as cultural diversity, Buddhist studies and Thai Buddhism, food culture and textile culture.

– Academic journals, Journal on Thai Studies (Thai) and Rian Thai: International Journal on Thai Studies (English) and Academic Publications on Thai Studies in various issues

Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Dr. Suchitra Chongstitvatana, Director of

Institute of Thai Studies

Tel.: +662 218 7495

Fax: +662 255 5160







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