Current Research Associates, Visiting Researchers & Interns
Visiting Professor (April 2019 – Present)
Takeshi Ito is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Global Studies, Sophia University. His research lies at the intersection of ecology, capitalism, and state. It explores how interactions on multiple scales between human and non-human actors embedded in particular institutional and ecological settings produce social and ecological inequality with a focus on sustainability. His research interests include Agrarian and Environmental Change, Political Economy of Development, East and Southeast Asia, and theories of Hegemony and Resistance. At the CSDS, his research project in collaboration with Dr. Carl Middleton will explore how processes of trade, investment, and aid (re)shape land and waterscapes—e.g., forests, fields, rivers, wetlands in Japan and Thailand—as part of global capitalist development where the movement of capital initiates a circuit of enclosure and recommoning.
Visiting Ph.D. Researcher (February 2019 – Present)
Robert Cole is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Rob’s research focuses on the social and livelihood implications of commercial maize cultivation among formerly subsistence-oriented farming households in Laos’ northeast borderlands. The study explores the transformative effects on local livelihoods of a cross-border network of traders and animal feed producers in Vietnam, linking remote upland villages to global agri-food and biotechnology corporations. Rob holds a Master’s in Social Policy and Development from London School of Economics (2013), and has undertaken a range of research and applied positions including with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Mekong River Commission.
Research Associate (February 2019 - present)
Yuka Kiguchi is a director of Mekong Watch, an NGO based in Japan. Having completed a Master in Area Studies (2014), her main interest lies in the relationship between people and freshwater fish in the Mekong River Basin. Since 2012, Yuka has been researching on fisheries resource management in the Mun River Basin, Thailand.
Visiting Ph.D. Researcher (December 2018 - present)
Thanawat Bremard is a Ph.D. candidate with the ABIES doctoral school, AgroParisTech, France. Having completed a Master in Socio-Anthropology Applied to Local Development (2018), his main interest lies in water infrastructures, Political Ecology of water governance and the environmental transformation of Bangkok from a water-based city to a land-based one. Thanawat has worked with the CSDS during 2017 on the politics of categorization of drought and water management in Northeastern Thailand. Since 2018, Thanawat has been looking at the governance of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, particularly when it is enacted during projects that affect the riverside communities. His current PhD thesis “Bangkok and its Waters: Cultural, Economic and Political Issues of an Environmental Transformation” picks on his previous work to further develop the study of floods, water usage and governance, land subsidence and land tenure in his home city: Bangkok.
Visiting Ph.D. Researcher (December 2018 – present)
Hiromi Inagaki-Wagner is a PhD candidate from the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research investigates the spatial and temporal linkages among contemporary and past electrification projects in Northeast Thailand. Prior to the PhD study, she was based in Bangkok for over 8 years, primarily working on issues of climate change and e-waste in Southeast Asian countries. She holds B.A. in English Literature from Waseda University in Tokyo and M.A. in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in Hague, the Netherlands.
Visiting Ph.D. Researcher (May 2018 – present)
Kaan Jittiang is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a bachelor’s degree (first class honors) in international relations from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a master’s degree in international development studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
His areas of research interest encompass forced migration and refugees, international development, social movements, Southeast Asian studies, Thai politics, ASEAN studies, and American foreign policies toward Southeast Asia. Currently he investigates refugee policies and practices of the Thai state and their impacts on lived experiences and livelihoods of refugees in Thailand.
Dr. Saw Win
Senior Research Associate (December 2015 - present)
Professor Saw Win is a retired Rector of Maubin University, and since 2008 an Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM), a local NGO in Myanmar. He collaborates with CSDS in Myanmar on research related to the Thanlwin River, and helps coordinate the fellowship program.
Dr. Yu Xiaogong
Senior Research Associate (December 2015 - present)
Dr. Yu Xiaogang is Director of the NGO Green Watershed in Yunnan Province, China. His research focuses on watershed governance in Southwest China, especially on the Jinsha River, Lancang River, and Nu River. Dr Yu’s has been widely recognized including being awarded the Goldman Prize in 2006 and Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2009. In 2015, his work in the Lashi watershed was awarded the UNDP Equator Prize.
Dr. Michael Medley
Senior Research Associate (August 2014 - present)
Dr. Michael Medley teaches the Development Project Management course in MAIDS. He has research and activism interests in international aid transparency (www.aidopener.org) and South Sudan (www.southsudancivics.info). Formerly an aid worker in Sudan and South Sudan, he gained his PhD from Bristol University (UK) researching the politics of famine relief in Sudan.
Past Research Associates, Visiting Researchers & Interns
Intern (January - March 2018)
Johanna Götz has just finished her Master thesis on the topic ‘The politics of water governance in Myanmar – a hydrosocial approach’ at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany. As a critical geographer her research interests focuses on water governance and politics from a hydrosocial perspective as well as critical development studies. During early 2017, she spent five months in Myanmar/Burma to conducted research for her Master’s thesis and to intern with the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Yangon. Johanna is currently interning with CSDS working with Dr. Carl Middleton on a scientific paper continuing their research in Burma/along the Salween River.
Dr. LEE Yohan
Visiting Researcher (July 2017 )
Dr. Lee is a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. His research interests include the competition and coexistence of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and China and Japan’s strategies on Mekong governance and implications for Korea.
Research Associate (January 2017 - October 2017)
Murray Boardman is a PhD candidate from Deakin University, Australia. His research is exploring how NGOs articulate the quality of their development projects, with field work in Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand. Murray has worked in development practice for 14 years predominately in East Africa and Southeast Asia, and has a technical background is water engineering and food security. He holds a Masters of Applied Science degree from Massey University, New Zealand.
Research Associate (August 2015 - December 2017)
Hermes Huang is currently working on a research project exploring open source hardware and innovative design in Indonesia, Nepal, and Thailand. He is the lead organizer for the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) Sisaket 2017. 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.
Intern (July 2017 - November 2017)
Currently based with the civil society organization KESAN, Alec has worked with civil society and community based organizations from all seven of Burma’s ethnic states on multiple issues related with human rights, environmental justice, and resource governance. Alec’s focus has centered around supporting rural communities across Burma to protect their basic human rights. He is currently interning with CSDS working with Dr. Carl Middleton on a report about the Salween River.
Visiting Researcher (March 2015 - May 2017)
Dr. Danny Marks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia project at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Dr. Marks completed his PhD dissertation, An Urban Political Ecology of the 2011 Bangkok Floods, at the University of Sydney. He has published on climate change governance, disaster risk reduction, and Thai domestic politics in numerous academic journals, blogs and newspapers.
Intern (February - March 2016)
Siri Luther recently graduated from King’s College London with a Master of Science in Emerging Economies and International Development. She majored in both political economy and inclusive development. She also has a Bachelor’s in Communication Management from Chulalongkorn University. Siri is interested in improving livelihoods, poverty alleviation,inclusive growth, and sustainable development.
Intern (June - August 2015)
Kyle Ojima worked at CSDS in 2015, working as a communications volunteer where he designed a new website for the program, helped with two trainings in Hanoi and Ubon Ratchatani, and mentored another intern. He received a Bachelors in Japanese and International Studies at the University of Colorado - Boulder and a Master's in International Development from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Since graduating, he has worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and currently works with the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal as a Food Security Volunteer.