The Center for Social Development Studies under the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University was established in 1985 with academic support from Bielefeld University and financial support from Volkswagen Foundation, Germany. The Center aims to provide support in education, research, and teaching as well as increasing the university’s capacity to produce graduates at various levels with emphasis on social development related projects and issues in order to link interdisciplinary knowledge and methodology in political science (government, public administration, international relations, and sociology and anthropology) together. The Center also focuses on connecting the knowledge with other subjects in social science to create interdisciplinary researches that reflect social situations from diverse aspects. Therefore, the Center operates through academic activities that include teaching, research, seminars, public panels, academic services, training, publications and cooperation with public, private and social sectors.
At the management level, the Center is a unit under Political Science Department of Chulalongkorn University which follows “the university’s regulation on funding for academic development Center project belongs to the faculty of political science” in 1985 and 1988. The Center is currently the university’s “social development research unit” funded and supported by Ratchadapisek Sompoch Research grant.
- To promote learning, teaching, research, and intellectual exchanges
- To provide development forum searching for a better and peaceful society for social networks cutting across local, national and international community through collaboration within and outside the university
- To facilitate the development of social minded graduates and excellent researchers in all educational levels.
For the past 5 years, the Center has been focusing on important and current situations and issues at local, regional, national and international levels. These include:
- Globalization, local interaction, and social capital
- Human rights and human security
- Good governance and social sector
- Knowledge synthesis and social paradigm
Apart from networking faculties with students, the Center is also cooperating with Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS) in producing graduates, teaching, and research at international level. Moreover, the faculty has also planned to introduce a doctoral level program in the near future.
Research Activities: The Center has many collaborative researches with national and international government agencies, private organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations on the social development issues such as human security, environment, democracy and people’s participation.
Meeting Seminar, and Training Activities: The Center has co-organized with national and international government agencies, private organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations various meetings, seminars, and trainings on the contemporary social issues to quest for preventive guidelines and solutions.
Publishing Activities: The Center has published various publications that deal with Social Development issues in both Thai and English. Downloadable publications are available on the Center’s webpage in English and Thai.