People

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

Former 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.

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.

Dr Anyarat Chattarakul PhD, Graduated 2007

Dr Anyarat Chattarakul completed a PhD in Electoral Politics in 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.

Dr Michelle Tan PhD, Graduated 2007

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

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.

Dr Pad (Nilphan) Lavankura PhD, Graduated 2005

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

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.