In-depth interview with Dr. Chaiwat Meesanthan, Associate Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University on the IPSR – MMC research project on Muslim Thai Migrants to Malaysia : Settlement and Social Integration, funded by the Thai Government. After the interview, the research team Dr. Aree Jampaklay, Dr. Kathleen Ford and Dr. Aphichat Chamratrithirong took picture with him in front of the Faculty of Liberal Arts.
Professor Dr. Sergey V. Ryazantsev, Professor, Head of the Center of Social Demography and Economic Sociology of the Institute Social Politic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, together with his graduate students from Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO), and Institute of Social and Political Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPR RAS) visited IPSR. On the occasion of the academic collaboration, Dr. Sakkarin Niyomsilpa gave a presentation on the current migration situation in Thailand.
On January 26th, 2018, researchers of a collaborative research between Mahidol University, Thailand and University of Sussex, UK organised a meeting on “The Search for a Better Life: How Partnerships with “Older” Westerners Shape Thai Life Changes, Social Relationships and Development”. This research is supported by the Newton Advanced Fellowship, and the Thailand Research Fund. Professor Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Director of Mahidol Migration Center, Institute for Population and Social Research gave an opening remark followed by Associate Professor Sureeporn Punpuing presented background of the project and its research questions and objectives.
Dr.Dusita Phuengsamran, the Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor Aree Prohmmo and Mr.Niphon Darawuttimaprakorn presented preliminary results according to the project's three work packages, which are Demographic of Thai-Western partnerships in Thailand, Thai-Western Partnerships as Social Relations and Regional development potential from Thai-Western partnerships.
Associate Professor Dusadee Ayuwat and Assistant Professor Sirijit Sunanta were reviewers. The project gains very useful comments and suggestions from the reviewers and participants, who are academics, policy makers, practioners and NGOs. There were about 30 participants attending the meeting. The meeting was at Narai hotel, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand.