Thai Politics @ Leeds


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The University has a number of scholars across different schools and departments with an active interest in Thai Politics.


East Asian Studies Department

Postgraduate Students: Thai Politics Postgraduate Students

Assistant Professor Dr Savitri Gadavanij

PhD, Graduated 2003

Dr Savitri Gadavanij has a 1st class honours degree in English from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Her PhD field of study was Parlimentary Discourse in Thailand,which was jointly supervised by the Department of Linguistics and the School of Politics and International Studies, by Dr Bethan Davies and Professor Duncan McCargo. She also holds an MA in Communications Studies from Leeds, which was fully funded by the Unilever-Leeds-Chevening scholarship.

She is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for The Graduate School of Language and Communication at The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA)

Dr Antika Preeyanon

PhD, Graduated 2008

Dr Antika Preeyanon gained her BA from the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University and holds two MAs, one in European Studies (Chulalongkorn University) and one in Development Studies (from SOAS, University of London).

She completed her PhD on Village Development funds in Thailand at Leeds, jointly supervised by the School of Politics and International Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies, by Professors Duncan McCargo and Michael Parnwell.

She is now working for the United Nations Economic and Social Commision for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok.

Dr Anyarat Chattarakul

PhD, Graduated 2007

Dr Anyarat Chattarakul completed a PhD in Electoral Politics in Thailand.

She is now Second Secretary for the Africa Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Dr Jak Sangchai

PhD, Graduated 2002

Dr Jak Sangchai holds a BA from the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, and an MA from the University of Nottingham.  Jak completed a PhD on Thailand’s response to international environmental agreements.

He is now an Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand and has recently completed a four-year tour of duty at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in New York.

Dr Michelle Tan

PhD, Graduated 2007

Dr Michelle Tan completed a PhD on Corruption and Education Reform in Thailand.

She is now teaching the South East Asia program at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr Naruemon Thabchumpon

PhD, Graduated 2007

Dr Naruemon Thabchumpon completed a PhD on NGOs and Democracy in Thailand.

She gained her BA from the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University and also holds an MA from the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, as well as a second MA in Democratic Studies from Leeds. Her MA studies at Leeds were funded by a Chevening Scholarship, and her MA studies by a Harvard-Yenching Foundation fellowship.

She is now Programme Director of MA International Development Studies in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University.

Dr Narut Wasinpiyamonkhon


Dr Narut Wasinpiyamonkhon is currently studying a PhD on Environmental Politics in Thailand.

He is a Lecturer in Political Science at Ubon Ratchathani University.

Dr Pad (Nilphan) Lavankura

PhD, Graduated 2005

Dr. Pad (Nilphan) Lavankura’s PhD title was Internationalising Thai Higher Education: Examining Policy Implementation.

She is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science at Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Pechladda Pechpakdee


Dr Pechladda Pechpakdee is currently studying a PhD on Community planning policy in four Isan villages.

She is also a Lecturer in Arcitechture at Mahasarakham University.

Dr Somchai Phatharathananunth

PhD | Graduated 2001

Dr Somchai Phatharathananunth completed a PhD on Farmers and Politics in Isan, which has been published as a book by NIAS Press.

He gained his BA in English from Ramkhamhaeng and also holds an MA in Political Science from Thammasat. He was the founding dean of the College of Law and Governance at MSU. He is currently teaching in the History Department at Mahasarakham University.

Pituck Jongnarangsin


Pituck Jongnarangsin completed an MA in Politics of International Resources and Development.

He is currently working as Director of the Asia-Pacific Development Communication Centre (ADCC) under Dhurakit Pundit University, Thailand. Pituck has more than a decade experience in assisting a number of International development organisations including the Japan Foundation, Consortium of Asian Foundations and Organisations (CAFO), Danish Development Cooperation for Environment and Development (Danced) and Danish International Development Assistance (Danida).

Piyanut Kotsan


Piyanut Kotsan completed an MA in Development Studies at the School of Politics and International Relations.

She is now working for a Non Government Organisation in Thailand.

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