The research carried out by RCSD faculty members and regional partners has highlighted the impacts of regionalization and economic development in a number of areas, in particular with regard to transnational migration, urban development and the impacts of environmental changes on a variety of social groups, as well as on poverty and health. These research findings have been published in the form of monographs and a series of working papers. A number of papers presented at RCSD conferences and regional seminars have also been published as collected volumes.


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Rethinking Development Studies in Southeast Asia: State of Knowledge and Challenges
Chayan Vaddhanaputi

This volume is a final wrap-up of the findings of the presentations and papers presented in March 2015 at the "Rethinking Development Studies in Southeast Asia: State of Knowledge and Challenges" conference, hosted by RCSD at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University. The aim of the conference was to reflect on the current state of development studies within and outside of Southeast Asia, especially in the context of the great transformations of recent years, and just ahead of the implementation of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community). Many of the challenges considered at the time of the conference are all the more-concerning now: climate change, river management, smog, human rights, human trafficking, environmental issues, displacement, land grabbing, and many others.

The publication is divided into two sections. The first section consists of an assembly of articles on development studies issues, while the second section highlights the various programs that attended and discusses the themes that developed through the conference. 

Publication date : December 2016 Price : 280 Baht / 0 US$

Uncertain Lives: Changing Borders and Mobility in the Borderland of the upper Mekong
Wasan Panyagaew and Bai Zhihong
“...this collection forms a noble addition to and an advance on an already considerable genre of ethnically-focused collections on the borderlands between China and mainland Southeast Asia, in which ethnographic work emanating from northern Thailand has been crucial and pivotal...”
“...What is remarkable about this collection of studies is that it represents the latest in a now very strong set of collaborations between social scientists at Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand, and those at Yunnan University in China, and it is fair to say that new perspectives and approaches are emerging from these forms of regional cooperation which, more and more, include researchers from Laos and Vietnam also. What sometimes used to be called “Leach country” is no longer the case; it has been returned to those who live in and understand the region and its unique points of view best...”
Publication date : 2015 Price : 280 Baht / 9 US$

Mon-Khmer: Peoples of the Mekong Region
Ronald D.Renard and Anchalee Singhanetra-Renard
Mon-Khmer Peoples are found in all six Mekong countries: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. This volume includes over a dozen studies of the Blang/Palaung, Kmhmu;, and Kui/Suai, as well as several reports on the Wa. Also included are bibliographies on each of these groups as well as the Mon-Khmer as a whole. Authors include ethnic Mon-Khmer, academics young and old, and government officials.  Taking advantage of increased opportunities for research and to visit remote areas in the Region, this book is intended to increase awareness of these peoples and to  encourage more research. 
Available online through Chiang Mai University Press
Publication date : March 2015 Price : 650 Baht / 0 US$

Transforming Societies in Myanmar: The Dynamics of Conflict and Cooperation, The Shadows of Success: Transformation and Marginalisation in Southeast Asia
Lahpai Seng Raw, Jonathan Rigg, Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-974-672-910-9

Keynote Addresses Delivered at the 2014 Asia and the Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) Conference Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific In Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University 15-16 February 2014 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Publication date : November 2014 Price : 100 Baht / 0 US$

Biodiversity, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Development (Reprint)
Yos Santasombat

ISBN: 974-957-830-8

This book is a product of seven years of field research of Dr. Yos Santasombat in northern Thailand. The primary argument is that the basis of knowledge through which the Thai state and its various agencies and officials have come to know and wield power over local ethnic minority is a fantasy. Presumptions about non-Thai minorities, anecdotes, and ethnocentric bias resulting in construed misconceptions labeling people as "untamed" hill-billies' slashing and burning the forest while producing opium and running drugs. These fantasies serve to legitimize the power of the state and its various agencies in order to exclude local peoples from their rights and access to natural resources. The book tries to do away with these fantasies and misconceptions, and to reintroduce a rethinking of sustainable development based on indigenous local knowledge.

Publication date : November 2013 Price : 350 Baht / 14 US$

ประชาคมเศรษฐกิจอาเซียน โอกาสและข้อท้าทายของท้องถิ่นภาคเหนือ

ISBN: 978-974-672-799-2

สาระสำคัญของหนังสือเล่มนี้ประมวลมาจากผลการเสวนาภายใต้หัวข้อประชาคมเศรษฐกิจอาเซียน โอกาสและข้อท้าทายของท้องถิ่นภาคเหนือ ซึ่งเป็นกิจกรรมหนึ่งในการประชุมนานาชาติ Towards an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Prospect, Challenges and Paradoxes in Development, Governance and Human Security (ระหว่างวันที่ 26-27 กรกฎาคม 2555)  

การเสวนาครั้งนี้ได้เปิดโอกาสให้ผู้มีส่วนได้ส่วนเสียในท้องถิ่นได้แลกเปลี่ยนข้อมูลและความคิดเห็น มุมมองเกี่ยวกับการปรับตัวเข้าสู่ประชาคมเศรษฐกิจอาเซียน การประเมินศักยภาพของพื้นที่และคนท้องถิ่นในแง่มุมต่างๆ เช่น การผลติ การค้า การลงทุน การท่องเที่ยว การค้าชายแดน แรงงาน ฯลฯ

Publication date : April 2013 Price : 100 Baht / 0 US$

Stateless Rohingya... Running on Empty
Photos by Suthep Kritsanavarin

"Stateless Rohingya... Running on Empty" reveals the true story of the world's most neglected population group, helping us to experience the story of those who are strangers in their own homeland. For the Rohingya, life is an endless struggle; they run from place to place in search of a land they can call home, yet end up running on empty.

Here we discover the meanings behind this endless journey, plus seek answers to the quetsions: Who are the Rohingya? Why hvae they had to flee their land? Why are they not wanted? Where will they be recognized as human? And; How can we respond to the problems faced by the Rohingya?

Publication date : May 2013 Price : 280 Baht / 0 US$

Challenges and Responses to a World in Crisis
Walden Bello

Available in English and Thai.

A book “Challenges and Responses to a World in Crisis” is a keynote speech by Professor Walden Bello delivered at the International Conference Relations and Development (ICIRD) 2012, “Towards an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Prospects, Challenges and Paradoxes in Development, Governance and Human Security” held in Chiang Mai during July 26-27, 2012.

The book illustrates economic crises currently taking place in USA and Europe reflecting unemployment, low wage payment and poverty. According to the New York Times, the economic downturn in Europe has swept away the foundations of once sturdy lives. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland, and Italy; small business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling “suicide by economic crisis.


หนังสือ “ข้อท้าทายและการรับมือกับโลกที่กำลังเข้าสู่วิกฤต” เป็นบทความที่แปลจากภาษาอังกฤษ Challenges and Responses to Global Crisis ของศาสตราจารย์ วอลเดน เบลโล   นักการเมือง นักเขียนและผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านโลกาภิวัตน์   ที่นำเสนอในการประชุมจัดการประชุมนานาชาติว่าด้วยความสัมพันธ์ระหว่าง ประเทศกับการพัฒนา (ICIRD) 2012  ในหัวข้อ “ก้าวสู่ประชาคมเศรษฐกิจอาเซียน (AEC): โอกาส ความท้าทาย และความขัดแย้งในการพัฒนา การกำกับดูแลและความมั่นคงของมนุษย์” (International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD) 2012 - Towards an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Prospects, Challenges and Paradoxes in Development, Governance and Human Security) ระหว่างวันที่ 26-27 กรกฎาคม 2555

Publication date : April 2013 Price : 50 Baht / 0 US$

Burma at a Glance: Social History, Power and Democracy
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Editor

ISBN: 978-974-672-654-0

Publication date : 2011 Price : 120 Baht / 0 US$

Transcending State Boundaries: Contesting Development, Social Suffering and Negotiation
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and Amporn Jirattikorn

ISBN: 978-974-672-657-3

In this second volume, six papers have been included, covering two themes: (i) ‘Large Dam Projects and Social Suffering’ and (ii) ‘Spatial Arrangements, Borders and Negotiation’. The papers in this volume discuss the impacts that state-sponsored development programs have had on the livelihoods of local people. It is generally believed that development is essential for boosting economic prosperity and eradicating poverty at the national/regional level; however, at the micro-level, development projects, and especially dam construction projects, often lead to problems for local people and are the source of social suffering, suffering that they then have to find ways to cope with. As a response, both direct and indirect contestation and negotiation are often used by local people in order to regain and retain their rights and identities.

Publication date : December 2011 Price : 300 Baht / 0 US$
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