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 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$

CPRI 07: The Practice of Learning among Shan Migrant Workers in Chiang Mai
Kyaw Kyaw Min Htut

Chiang Mai hosts a large population of immigrant workers from Myanmar, the majority of them Shan (Thai Yai). Learning is essential to establishing their new lives and social networks in Thailand.  Most of them have had only elementary education in Burma. They have to learn to speak, read, and write Thai. Many also take advantage of educational facilities available in Thailand to study English, other languages, computer science, and vocational courses. Some aspire to higher education; others put their new-found learning to use in Burma, or to improve their work status in Thailand.

The writer stresses the importance of non-institutional learning, eg practicing Thai with neighbours and at work; learning new skills at work; learning about Thai culture from personal interactions and the media – TV, radio, journals.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

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

CPRI 06: Burmese-Muslim Social Networks in the Borderland - A Case Study of Islam Bamroon Muslim Community in Mae Sot, Thailand
Wahyu Koncoro

Burmese Muslims have been successful in socio-economically adapting to life in Mae Sot. When they first arrive, family and ethnicity relations are their base social network which helps them access needs such as shelter and work. This network has broadened with their participation in religious activities alongside other Muslim communities. Being Muslim has also allowed Burmese Muslims access to religious networks and social and cultural facilities, and to connect with transnational Islamic networks throughout Thailand. Burmese Muslims become involved through a mix of faith and as adaptive strategy to negotiate with state agencies to access and accumulate multiple forms of capital. 

This thesis argues that ethnic identity is a state construction, then re-worked and re-presented in a variety of ways by different people and groups. The meaning of ethnic identity is not only related to imagined ethnic boundaries, but also as cultural capital that connects people or units with broader socio-cultural, economic and political networks.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 420 Baht / 14 US$

CPRI 05: Japanese Retirement Migration in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Miwa Shibuya

Miwa Shibuya has conducted  fascinating research looking at the lives of Japanese retirees in Chiang Mai; what motivates them to spend their old age in a foreign country; why Thailand, and why Chiang Mai? What do they enjoy about it, what they don’t enjoy, and what are their worries for the future—especially the provision of health care?

By way of background, the book looks at Japanese demography—Japan has the world’s highest percentage of elderly—Japanese social security and pension legislation, Japanese social conformism, and changing generational relationships in Japan.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

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