Dr. Chavalin Svetanant (Project Leader) 

Dr. Chavalin Svetanant is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature (MCCALL), Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). Her research interests lie at the intersection of language and culture, with primary focus on media and communication studies in cross-cultural contexts, as well as linguistics, semiotics, and multimodal discourse analysis. Dr Svetanant has published her academic works in top journals such as Visual Communication (SAGE), Corpora (SAGE) as well as Open Linguistics (de Gruyter). Her articles in Open Linguistics ranked as the most downloaded article of the journal in 2018-2019. 

Before joining Macquarie in 2008, Chavalin was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Eastern Languages, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand); and a visiting research scholar at the Japanese Research Centre for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan).

Dr. Viengrat Nethipo (Associate Professor)

Viengrat works at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, as an associate professor. Since she started teaching at Chulalongkorn University in 2001, many classes have been supervised by her; State-Society, Local Government and Politics, Thai Politics, Japanese Politics are among them. For her experience, she has been invited as the visiting research fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Graduate School of Asian and African Areas Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

Viengrat has several research works on clientelism, local politics, Thai politics and she , authored 2 books (in Thai), “Tun Chiang Mai” [Chiang Mai Capital] in 2006 and “Heepbat kab Boonkoon” [Ballots and Gratitude: Dynamics of Electoral Politics and Its Impacts to the Patronage System] in 2015. Recently, she also conducts researches on clientelism and provincial politics in Thailand to examine the function the state operated under an authoritarian regime in the past 7 years.  

Dr. Jakkrit Sangkhamanee (Associate Professor)

Jakkrit Sangkhamanee is an associate professor of anthropology at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Political Science in Bangkok, Thailand. His works focus on STS, specifically hydrological engineering projects related to Thai state formation, environmental infrastructure, and environmental politics. Currently, Jakkrit also serves on the editorial board of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society.

His latest publications include “Bangkok Precipitated: Cloudbursts, Sentient Urbanity, and Emergent Atmospheres” East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS) 15(2); “State, NGOs, and Villagers: How the Thai Environmental Movement Fell Silent” in Environmental Movements and Politics of the Asian Anthropocene (2021); “Infrastructure in the Making: The Chao Phraya Dam and the Dance of Agency” TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 6(1); and “An Assemblage of Thai Water Engineering: The Royal Irrigation Department’s Museum for Heavy Engineering as a Parliament of Things” Engaging Science, Technology and Society, 3.

Dr. Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee (Associate Professor)

Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee is an Associate Professor of Politics and Government, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Siripan received a Master Degree in Comparative Politics from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Kyoto University. Her research interests embrace comparative political parties and electoral systems, political behaviour, institutional design, Thai politics and civic education. 

Her publications in English include “Electoral Integrity and the Repercussions of the Institutional Manipulations: The 2019 General Election in Thailand.” Asian Journal of Comparative Politics. Volume 5 Number 1, March. “A Tale of Two Hybrid Regimes: A Study of Cabinets and Parliaments of Indonesia and Thailand” Japanese Journal of Political Science 19 (2), 2018. The Conundrum of a Dominant Party in Thailand” Asian Journal of Comparative Politics. 1–18. “The Development of Political Science in Thailand” (The Journal of Asian Comparative Politics, Vol.1 NO. 2, 2016). “Political Parties in Thailand” (In Jean Blondel and Takashi Inoguchi (eds.). Political Parties and Democracy: Contemporary Western Europe and Asia.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Thai Political Parties in the Age of Reform. (The Institute of Public Policy Studies, 2006); Party Elites in the Business Conglomerate Model of Thai Political Parties (King Prajadhipok’s Institute, 2006), for example.

Dr. Pasoot Lasuka (Assistant Professor)

Pasoot Lasuka is an assistant professor of literary studies at Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. He completed his doctoral study from the School of Culture, History, and Language, The Australian National University. His research interest focuses on how cultural narratives play a societal role in giving rise to or maintaining the contemporary and public cultures. He has published articles in Thai and English on Thai cinema, graphic narratives circulated in the online social platforms, and travel writing. Pasoot, as a chief investigator, and his colleagues from his faculty have just been awarded a research grant from the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council for the project titled “Ageing Conditions Beyond Numbers through Literature and Language Use”. The project studies the limitation and complexity of the public health policies which relies on the objective age ranges in the ageing society. Drawing on the examples from literary works and language use in real life, the project proposes a new way to deal with this gerontological complexity and to live in the ageing society more ethically.