จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย (Chulalongkorn University – CU)

The Master of Arts in International Development Studies program (MAIDS) is part of the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (CU), which is strategically located in downtown Bangkok. Chulalongkorn University was established by King Rama VI in 1916 as Thailand's first university. Today it's one of the most reputable and internationally-recognized universities in the country. MAIDS program was established in 2003 and is one of the Faculty's five master programs. MAIDS has a special place in the Faculty because it is the only international program. Additionally, MAIDS is quite unique in the Greater Mekong Sub-region due to its multidisciplinary curriculum, integrating academic, technical, managerial and professional training in international development. In other words, MAIDS is also praxis-oriented.

MAIDS's intensive one-year program is specifically designed for individuals who are making or have a potential to make meaningful contributions as researchers, practitioners or leaders in the field of international development. Put differently, the MAIDS program is a comprehensive and solid preparation for either a career in international development or further study at the postgraduate level. For instance, accomplished MAIDS alumni have gone on to work for such organizations as United Nations Development Program, United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Norwegian People's Aid, World Vision, Ministry of Environment (Cambodia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark), Ministry of Education (Myanmar).

MAIDS is also a truly international program. Every year, applicants from all over the world have shown interest in MAIDS. Therefore, our student body is multicultural. MAIDS students represent over 25 countries. Many Southeast Asian students are supported by scholarships funded by partner organizations such as Siam Cement Group Foundation Heinrich Boll Foundation, Asia Pacific Scholarship Consortium, Asian Foundation, and International Development Research Center. MAIDS closely collaborates with a number of institutions such as Asian Institute of Human Rights Education, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University for Social Research Institute, and Focus on the Global South to generate research and discussion on current development practice. MAIDS aims to give students a comprehensive grounding of a variety of development issues. Our courses range from development theory to conflict resolution, environmental politics to gender and human rights. The program also values classroom discussion and encourages students to partake in the work practicum during the second semester. Moreover, students go on a number of fieldtrips each year, including a week-long trip to a neighbouring country which allows them to gain a first-hand experience of the development field.

Each year students and faculty members explore development issues on the ground, through one or two field visits in Thailand or neighbouring countries. Past issues explored in the field include post-tsunami reconstruction, impact of climate change in the Mekong river basin, cross-border migration and refugee along Thai-Myanmar border and ASEAN connectivity with human mobility. Field trips are an important part of the programme, as they allow students to reconcile the theoretical framework learned in class with the first-hand knowledge of local communities and development practitioners.

Due to the long standing leading program related to development studies in Thailand and Southeast Asia, MAIDS will act as a host program to support the project implementation by taking over the regional lead in Southeast Asia. MAIDS will support the project coordinator and with managerial tasks in the region, such as support of evaluation and quality monitoring. Because MAIDS has extensive international experience, it will organise and host the first stake-holder conference and the conference on bridging policy and research, aiming at institutionalisation of partnerships between the academic and non-academic sector.

MAIDs will also be responsible for engaging students in exchanging academic prospective, promoting insight knowledge relevant to development studies, and enhancing network amongst scholars inside and outside their field of study.


Staff

Naruemon Thabchumpon

NARUEMON THABCHUMPON is an assistant professor in Politics and director of the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), at the Faculty of Political Science and the director of Asian Research for Migration (ARCM) of Chulalongkorn University. Naruemon got her MA in democratic studies and PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her research interests are on issues of participatory democracy, politics of civil society organisations and social movements in Southeast Asia as well as migration and refugee studies. She has supervised several MA and PhD theses including those students from Cambodia Laos Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) countries who study at the MAIDS program. Her current research focuses on political economic transition in the greater Mekong sub-region countries and its human security implication.


Carl Middleton

CARL MIDDLETON is a lecturer on the MA in International Development Studies (MAIDS) Program and Deputy Director for International Research in the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand. He graduated from the University of Manchester, UK with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, and a Doctorate in Environmental Chemistry. From 2003 to 2005, he lived and worked in Cambodia with several local NGOs on issues related to natural resource use and protection. Since 2006, based in Thailand, he worked with the NGO International Rivers where he monitored the dam building industry and promoted better planning processes for sustainable and equitable use of water and energy resources. He joined the MAIDS program in 2009, for which he teaches courses on development theory and practice, environmental policy and politics, the politics of public policy, and innovation for inclusive development. He has supervised 20 MA-level theses for the program.

Dr. Middleton's research interests orientate around the politics and policy of the environment in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on environmental justice and the political ecology of water and energy. He is collaborating in several major research projects in Southeast Asia, including: a regional water governance study of the Salween River; a fellowship program in the Salween, Mekong and Red river basins; a study on the political ecology of flooding and migration in Southeast Asia; and a project on recovering and valuing wetland agro-ecological systems and local knowledge for water security and community resilience in the Mekong region.


Soravis Jayanama

SORAVIS JAYANAMA is an Associate Professor in Politics. He received an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is Associate Professor. For the past 15 straight years, he has been teaching global politics at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. Currently, he is also Deputy-Director of MAIDS and the editor of the Faculty's Journal of Social Sciences.

At the undergraduate level, he teaches classes on critical theory, film and gender in world politics. At the graduate level, he teaches classes on American foreign relations and the media. He has supervised a number of MA theses, including those of MAIDS students, on gender-related issues such as the gender identity of the European Union, coping strategies of Vietnamese mail-order brides in Taiwan, perceptions of Western sex tourists in Bangkok on the human security of Thai sex workers, and oppressions faced by the LGBTQ community in Phnom Penh, Kampuchea.

Broadly speaking, his main research interest is in critical theory and global politics. His recent publications include the following books: (Non)Key Thinkers in International Relations: Foucault, Butler, Žižek, Chomsky (in English), From Revolution to Globalization: A Critical Introduction to Global Politics through Film (in Thai), and Slavoj Žižek, Violence and Emancipatory Politics: A Reader's Guide to Violence (in Thai)


Jakkrit Sangkhamanee

JAKKRIT SANGKHAMANEE is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology. He has received his M.A. in Development Studies from Chiang Mai University and Ph.D in Anthropology from Australian National University. Currently, he is also Deputy-Director of MAIDS and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Political Science.

At the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, he has been responsible for courses on Rural Sociology, Problems and Management of Borderlands, Societies and Cultures of Southeast Asia, Applied Anthropology, Anthropological Research Methods, etc., for undergraduate. He has supervised a number of MA theses, for example, on water in peri-urban management, football culture and the politics of localism, transborder issues in the greater Mekong Sub-region, indigenous development and empowerment, transnational seasonal labour migration and development. His main research interest is in Development & Ecological Anthropology, Anthropology of Borders, Rural & Agrarian Transformation, and Science, Technology and Society.


Thita Orn-in

THITA OR-N is a research fellow and project coordinator for a research project entitled "Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween-Thanlwin-Nu River Basin: Towards inclusive, informed, and accountable water governance" or Salween Water Governance. She graduated from the Master of Arts program on International Development Studies (MAIDS) in 2014 where her thesis focused on sustainable community energy production in Northern Thailand. Before her M.A. she worked on development projects related to poverty reduction, disaster risk management, inclusive agribusiness, and water governance. She is currently the project coordinator for the Salween Fellowship Program 2015. 


Hermes Huang

HERMES HUANG is a Southeast Asia based researcher and consultant. He is currently working on a research project exploring the intersections of open source hardware, communications, and social networks in Indonesia, Nepal, and Thailand as part of the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network funded by IDRC of Canada and DfID of the UK. He is also collaborating with a local social enterprise in Bangkok to design and develop Thailand's first open peer to peer organic certification system. Previously, Hermes was a Princeton in Asia fellow teaching in Northeast Thailand and working in environmental conservation in Nepal. Hermes is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in International Development Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the University of California, Davis.


Chaiyaporn Singdee

CHAIYPORN SINGDEE is the MAIDS program coordinator. He joined the MAIDS program in May 2013 after having completed his post-graduate studies abroad in the United States. He holds a certificate of Asian and Asian American Studies from Stonybrook University, New York and a M.A. degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin. Currently, Chaiyaporn is a guest lecturer on indigenous knowledge for undergraduate students at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and research assistant for data collection and fieldwork research in greater Mekong sub-region countries. He is also interested in the study of informal economy in relations to material culture, market culture and second/vintage clothing.