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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Research Reports

CDSSEA 26: The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Women's Empowerment
Lahpai Nang Sam Awng

Women in conflict situations face specific vulnerabilities such as rape, sexual, physical and mental abuse, exploitation and inequality in decision-making. This research tries to identify the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) working to empower women in Pa Kahtawng IDP camp in Mai Ja Yang, an area of Kachin state, Myanmar, not under government control. This research delved into how CSOs have been working to build capacity for women’s development through training on gender, health, income generation, and women’s rights, but have reached different levels of success. Kachin women face numerous obstacles to their empowerment, as they still encounter entrenched cultural influences in their family and larger community dominated by men. 

Publication date : April 2019 Price : 250 Baht / 9 US$

Public Participation, Social Movements and Environmental Decision Making Process
Lwin Lwin Wai

The Letpadaung Copper Mine Project is a nexus of social conflict due to abuses of power, human right violations, lack of social justice, and the limited participation of stakeholders. Locals have protested against the project with the support of civil society organizations and environmental groups. There has been a lot of controversy, and hence, it has gained a lot of national and international media attention.

This volume seeks to describe the reality of what is happening in the Letpadaung area to understand the possibilities for public participation in development project decision-making in Myanmar. Public participation is a democratic practice that makes it possible for people from different sectors to integrate their opinions into decision-making. This research attempts to find what role public participations play in decision making about development in Myanmar—specifically at the Letpadaung Copper Mine.

Publication date : March 2019 Price : 200 Baht / 7 US$

CDSSEA 25: Cambodian Migrants - Social Protection, Local Integration and Multiple Boundaries in the Thai Border Villages of Khok Sung, Sa Kaeo Province
Phra Kimpicheth Chhon

This research examines the local integration and social protections of Cambodian migrants in the Thai border villages of Khok Sung district, Sa Kaeo province. Migrants negotiate multiple boundaries—physical, social and legal—to gain integration, acceptance, and social protection. Extensive interviews with more than one hundred interviewees and key informants in different villages reveal how livelihoods, attitudes and perceptions of migrants and local citizens both enable and limit social protection for migrants; from local collective practice to state-based mechanisms. 

Publication date : January 2019 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$

CDSSEA 24: Assessing Faith-based Organizations in Development - A Case Study of Hakha Baptist Church in Chin State, Myanmar
Thawng Tha Lian

This book focuses on the work of the Baptist Church in Chin State, in North East Burma, adjacent to India and Bangladesh. TheChin people, like Burma’s other ethnic minorities, have fared badly under Burmese military government. They also have religious minority status, being 90% Christian in a predominantly Buddhist society. In 2012 the churches brokered a peace agreement between the nationalists and the government, which still holds.

Social development in Chin State is almost entirely in the hands of church organizations. The Baptist Church, as the largest such organization, has played a major role, in particular in the field of education.

Publication date : January 2019 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$

CDSSEA 22: Space-making of Karenni Refugee Identity - A Case Study of Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp
Kultida Niwitkulnipa

This research analyzes how Karenni refugees of Ban Mai Nai Soi camp continually engage as actors to create space of identity and community through communal events. Despite their confinement—where Karenni refugees are not recognized by neither host country nor country of origin—Karenni refugees continually create spaces of nationalist and ethnic identity. In articulating their sense of belonging, Karenni refugees work hard to maintain traditional practices by recreating sacred symbols, rituals, and dancing performances which they traditionally practiced in the past.

Publication date : January 2019 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$

CPRI 12: Burmese Migrant Domestic Workers - Tactics of Negotiation of Muslim Female Domestic Workers in the Chang Klan Community of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duangkamon Doncha-um

Burmese Muslim female migrant domestic workers seek to transform their vulnerable, marginalized identities as Burmese (race), Muslims (religion), migrants (migration status), domestic workers (class), and women (gender) into social capital via various tactics of negotiation in the community in which they have resettled. Although subject to exploitation from employers and the Thai state, they are not passive victims. Despite their “weak” position in an inequal structure, they use tactics of negotiation to further their goals of upward mobility.

Publication date : August 2018 Price : 300 Baht / 10 US$

CPRI 11: Shifting Identities - Perceptions and Experiences of the Burmese Nepali Diaspora in Urban Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mrinalini Rai

This research studies the development of the Burmese-Nepali “Gorkhali” community in urban Chiang Mai, focusing on the cultural orientation they brought from both Burma and Nepal and which they have retained since migrating to Thailand. The community has a diasporic identity, reflected in the lives of twice-migrant Nepalis. The interest and focus in this study is the cultural representation of Nepali identity that conceptually situates the Burmese-Nepali as a Nepali diaspora in Thailand. In this research, Mrinalini Rai examines the narratives and perceptions of the Burmese-Nepalis in Chiang Mai, in order to further develop the notion of diaspora, and to build a greater understanding of the complex dynamics and processes that lead to migration, and in particular the dispersion of the Nepalis from Nepal.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : May 2018 Price : 350 Baht / 12 US$

CPRI 10: Interactions between State and Non-state Actors in Resource Governance - A Case of Community Protected Areas (CPAs) in Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong, Cambodia
Sary Mom

Sary Mom takes a deep and methodical look at the inner workings of Community Protected Areas in Cambodia. Through careful analysis of the local dynamics of the people living in the Toul Korki commune in the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, Sary Mom astutely assesses why some Community Protected Areas succeed while others fail to live up to their promises. Her insightful observations and recommendations offer hope that mangrove conservation can indeed coexist with secure and sustainable local livelihoods.detail

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 320 Baht / 11 US$

CPRI 09: Land Grabbing as a Process of State-building in Kachin Areas of Northern Shan State, Myanmar
L Gum Ja Htung

L Gum Ja Htung takes a comprehensive look at how large-scale land concessions in Kachin areas of north Shan State in Myanmar impact and are responded to by local people. Through careful analysis of the history of conflict in Myanma, he shows how economic development projects in this area rarely deliver what they promise and instead can be interpreted as a state-building strategy by the central government to gain access and control in ethnic conflict zones through land grabbing. This insider perspective offers a fascinating assessment of how diverse actors have collaborated to successfully resist government plans for a 600,000 acres biofuel plantation crossing Muse and Lashio Districts.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 330 Baht / 11 US$

CPRI 08: The Village in Transition - Development and Socio-economic and Cultural Change in Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai
Kodai Harada

Tourism development has emerged as a new source of income for many rural communities throughout Thailand. This study investigates the development of tourism and the resulting socio-economic and cultural changes in a rural Northern Thai village—Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai—once known as a producers of Mieng (fermented tea product), recognized as a key element of the community’s culture.

The study argues for the role of Mieng production as a mainstay of village livelihood amidst the changes brought by tourism development. The continued vitality of Mieng culture in Mae Kampong shows how villagers have mobilized it for their livelihood survival and adapted to change in the social relations of Mae Kampong.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 300 Baht / 10 US$
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