มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่ (Chiang Mai University – CMU)

Founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Chiang Mai University (CMU) was established as the first institution of higher education in Northern Thailand, and as the first provincial university in our kingdom. Ever since its founding, CMU is focused on comprehensive institution of higher learning while providing a broad range of academic programs. In the field of research, CMU has been launching innovative initiatives and development projects, the results of which are utilized to further advance the standards of teaching, learning and technology transfer, supporting the social and economic development of the region and the country as a whole.

The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), established in 1998, is an academic unit under the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. RCSD was established in response to the need for integration of social science and natural science knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of sustainable development issues in upper mainland Southeast Asia. Since then, RCSD has become a recognized regional center for sustainable development issues, linking graduate training and research to development policy and practice. It does this by drawing upon the three-decade long research and teaching experience of Chiang Mai University in fields such as resource management, highland agricultural systems, social science and health, environmental impact assessment and ethnic and gender relations.

RCSD in particular, has put an emphasis on graduate training for students as well as providing space of exchange for scholars/researchers from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Its research interest is on regionalization of development. As the region becomes increasingly integrated into ASEAN Community and global economy, we see greater need to develop human resources and research capacity in the region. The RCSD primarily aims at enhancing teaching and educational capacity and build a body of knowledge on the social transformation in the Southeast Asian countries and to support training and provide research grants to researchers from Southeast Asian countries, particularly Myanmar. In addition, RCSD has in-house expertise of faculty members as well as a graduate students working on the issues of agrarian, environmental change and conflicts. Our strength lies on our critical social science perspective in understanding how local/ethnic communities negotiate changes coming from global, regional and national level. During it's short but remarkable history, CMU has earned a reputation as a veritable institution maintaining high academic standards. CMU is also an established member of the ASEAN University Network, paving its way forward to be an important Education Hub in the region. Locally CMU is acknowledged as the pre-eminent center for study in the Northern Thailand and nationally recognized as one of the top four universities and one of the nine "National Research Universities". It is also worth noting that CMU is ranked in the top 100 university's in Asia at 92 by the by the "QS Asian Universities Ranking 2014".

These results demonstrate CMU's academic and research strength, a necessary prerequisite for us to achieve our development goal of becoming a research-oriented "World Class University." As internationalization continues to be an essential factor in higher education development and in order to respond to the continuously growing domestic demand for international-level programs, CMU currently offers 6 international undergraduate degrees and 27 international postgraduate degree programs. Through constructive interaction with more than 200 partners worldwide, we seek to enhance both the quantity and quality of research and development projects conducted at CMU. The ever increasing number of our international students on campus reassures us that we are successfully working towards our goal of providing world-class education. 

RCSD works at the regional level supporting research activities, providing affiliation to international scholars and graduate students interested in development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), offering M.A in Social Sciences (Development Studies, and Ethnicity and Development), and supporting the operations of undergraduate namely B.A in Social Science with the support of faculty members from other departments. Our mandates are primarily to: 1. Enhance research capacity and build a body of knowledge on the social transformation in GMS countries; 2. Offer undergraduate and graduate in international programs focusing on social sciences and Development studies; and 3. Support training and provide research grants to researchers from GMS countries, particularly Myanmar. In addition, RCSD has in-house expertise of faculty members as well as a graduate students working on the issues of agrarian, environmental change and conflicts. Our strength lies on our critical social science perspective in understanding how local/ethnic communities negotiate changes coming from global, regional and national levels. For further information on Chiang Mai Unviversity klick here. For further information on RCSD klick here.

As a project partner, RCSD will - together and alternating with SISS and VASS - take the lead in the organization of the practical cluster in one year. As such, it will be responsible to organize joint field trips, teaching sessions and workshops with relevant non-academic stake-holders, and organize and host a summer-school on transdisciplinary development research and respective teaching methodology. The RCSD will provide academic facilities, including working space, internet and library access, and field-visit facilitation, and also support the development of the transdisciplinary teaching manual. It has very good experience in organising of workshops/trainings/seminar.

Staff


Chayan Vaddhanaphuti

Prof. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti received his BA from Chulalongkorn University, MPA from National Institute of Development Administration, MA in Anthropology from Stanford University and PhD in International Development Education with concentration in Anthropology from the same university.  He has been working on ethnicity, development, multiculturalism, etc., and has promoted the intersection between social science and development. He is now Director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) and the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.


Chusak Wittayapak

CHUSAK WITTAYAPAK is assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Science and has been teaching at RCSD for many years. He has a research focus on political ecology, resource management, forestry conservation, community forestry, agrarian transformation, tourism and development and more. He received his PhD from University of Victoria (Canada).


Amporn Jirattikorn

AMPORT JIRATTIKORN is a lecturer at RCSD. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in the areas of cultural studies, border studies and migration. Her recent publication has centred on the construction of migrant identities through media consumption, ethnic media production in Burma, and religious movements across Thailand-Burma borders.


Malee Sitthikriangkrai

MALEE SITTHIKRIANGKRAI is lecturer at the RCSD. Her focus is medical sociology and ethnic studies. Recently she was working on multiculturalism in connection with ethnic minorities in northern Thailand.


Shirley Worland

SHIRLEY WORLAND received her PhD from the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, University of Queensland. She teaches development studies at RCSD. Her special expertise covers displacement, resettlement and social work.


Kanchana Kulpisithicharoen

KANCHANA KULPISITHICHAROEN is the administrative support at RCSD. She will support the project with her exeptional organisation and communication skills and her extensive experience in project management and controlling.