Monday, 22 May 2023
This week’s election results handed a surprising victory to the opposition Move Forward Party. While it remains to be seen if the conservative establishment will allow them to actually take power, the vote signals a turning point in the mindset of the Thai public. The Thai political map is now ...
Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich completed his PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Warwick in 2005, and has since then been based at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand. He was a "Visiting Research Fellow on Human Rights" at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University, Sweden, between September - December 2021. In addition to teaching at the Faculty of Political Science, Titipol has conducted extensive fieldwork with local activist groups in the North-eastern region of Thailand (Isan), and beyond. A key component of Titipol's work has been to highlight the plight and injustice in the lives of the rural poor, to look towards finding solutions to these problems, with effects on the lives of under-represented disenfranchised and marginalised groups in Thailand. As a consequence of the military rule after 2014, Titipol was monitored for several years by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) because of his work on democracy and human rights, but he remains committed to the work to support the promotion of democracy and human rights in Thailand.