Carl Middleton, Ph.D. | Director of CSDS

Carl Middleton is Deputy Director for Research Affairs on the MA in International Development Studies (MAIDS) Program, and Director of the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His 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.


Kasira Cheeppensook, Ph.D. | Deputy Director of CSDS

Kasira Cheeppensook is a lecturer of International Relations at Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Assistant Dean in Academic Affairs and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies. After receiving a BA in Political Science majoring in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, she completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her interests include ASEAN, normative transition and human security. Her recent research and publications; for instance, are The Refugee Crisis in Southeast Asia published in ASEAN Focus Aug/Sep 2016; Regional Human Rights Mechanism: Lessons from Europe to Asia, European Studies Journal 20th anniversary. Natthanan Kunnamas, ed. Bangkok: Centre for European Studies 2015 (in Thai). She also translated International Relations: A very short introduction by Paul Wilkinson, Politics: A very short introduction by Kenneth Minogue, and Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher.



Orapan (Kate) Pratomlek | Project Coordinator

Orapan is currently serving as a project coordinator for the Center for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University. She holds a MA in International-NGO Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, SungkongHoe University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Her interest and work focuses on issues related to the environment, social development, human rights and empowerment. She was an intern at the May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju, South Korea in order to contribute towards development and the promotion of democracy and human rights in South Korea and more widely in Asia.


Robert (Bobby) Irven | Intern

Robert Irven is a native of the United States and finished his MA in International Development Studies (MAIDS) at Chulalongkorn University in July 2017 where he conducted his thesis research on the topics of climate justice, migration and slum settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His undergraduate degrees of Chinese (Mandarin) and Political Science were completed at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA where he worked as a research associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Aresty Research Center. Having previously worked in Shanghai, China at the 2010 World Fair, Robert is continuing his interest in the region, particularly as it relates to human rights, environmental sustainability/conservation and seeking justice for society's most marginalized populations.