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Associate Professor Kanokwan Manorom



Kanokwan is a Director of Mekong Sub-Region Social Research Center (MSSRC), based at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. She earned her PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, her Masters degree in Rural and Regional Development and Planning from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and her Bachelor’s degree in Community Development from Khon Kean University, Thailand.

Kanokwan has been working in Thailand and in the Mekong region, and has research interests in a range of areas, including:

  • political economy
  • resource governance
  • livelihoods analysis
  • development and impact assessment.

Kanokwan was granted the Australian Leadership Award (ALA) as a visiting scholar based at the University of Sydney in 2011.

During 2007-2012, she was a co-chair of the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER).

She was granted to run M-POWER Fellowship Program in a collaboration with Challenge Program during 2012-2015.

Since 2014, she has been collaborating with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Alberta on the importance of local/indigenous knowledge on sustainable resource governance.

  • PhD – Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
  • Masters in Rural and Regional Development and Planning, Asian Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Community Development, Khon Kean University
  • Mark Raymond Gibson (2016) Impacts of Fish Conservation Zones in the lower Mun River, Thailand, International WaterCentre
  • Julia Bauer (2018) The influence of Thai Water governance on the WaCCliM project (GIZ) in Chiang Mai, International WaterCentre
  • Manorom, K. 2018. Hydropower Resettlement in the Mekong Region. Water Knowledge #1. Vientiane, Lao PDR, CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
  • Kanokwan Manorom and Juthathip Visetsil. 2018. “Smallholders” Sociological Perspective analysis: A Case of a case of sugarcane farmers in Kalasin Province. Journal of Social Sciences. Chiang Mai University. 30(1):65-100. (in Thai)
  • Kanokwan Manorom and Supranee Phomthong. 2018. Peri-urban Agriculture in Ubon Ratchathani City: Pressure and Persistence. Journal of Mekong Studies. 14(1): 20-31.
  • Baird, I. G., Manorom, Aurore Phenow and Sirisak Gaja-Svasti, 2017. What about the Tributaries of the Tributaries? Fish Migrations, Fisheries, Dams and Local Knowledge along the Sebok River in Northeastern Thailand, Catch and Culture, 2(3):34-41.
  • Kanokwan Manorom. 2017. Lao women in Xe Bang Fai Basin: Indigenous people, Intersectionality, Emotional geographies and impacts of Nam Thuen 2 Dam (Thai language). Journal of Graduate Volunteer and development. 16(20): 1-45.
  • Kanokwan M, Ian G. Baird & Bruce Shoemaker. 2017. The World Bank, Hydropower- based Poverty Alleviation and Indigenous Peoples: On-the- Ground Realities in the Xe Bang Fai River Basin of Laos, Forum for Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08039410.2016.1273850
  • Kanokwan M. 2016. Guerrilla method, research ethical dilemmas and equity on politics of dam in Laos. Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. Thammasat University, 35(1):171-197. (Thai language)
  • Baird, I.G., Shoemaker, B.P, and Manorom, K. 2015. The People and their river, the World Bank and its dam: Revisiting the Xe Bang Fai River in Laos. Development and Change 46(5): 1080–1105.
  • David Hall and Kanokwan M. Decision making in the Mekong: Science, Nature and Society. 2015. Journal of Global Asia. 10 (1): 20-30.
  • Kanokwan Manorom. Experiential learning as teaching method in the case of Pak Mun Dam of Thailand. 2013. Journal of Liberal Arts, June-December 2013.
  • Kanokwan Manorom, Post Development and Social Movement and Knowledge Space in the Mekong region. 2012. Journal of Mekong Plurality. Khon Kean University. 8(3):69-102. (Thai language)
  • Xing Lyu, Phillip Hirsch, Ham Kimkong, Kanokwan Manorom and Tubtim Tubtim. 2013. Cross-boundary Peer learning in the Mekong: A case of field based education in Resource Management. Journal of Contemporary Research and Education, 150: 41-52.
  • Kanokwan Manorom, et a., Cross-Border Contract Farming Arrangements: Variations and Implications in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. 210. Journal of Mekong Sub-region Development Studies, Vol. 5, pp. 33-54.
  • Kanokwan Manorom. 2006. Opening the Sluice Gates of the Pak Mun Dam in Thailand for Four Months: Questions for Sustainable Development of People’s livelihood and Ecological Restoration, JCAS Symposium Series 25. International Symposium: Mediating for Sustainable Development in the Mekong Basin. The Japan Center For Asia Studies.
  • Kanokwan Manorom, People’s EIA: Mechanism for People’s Participation in Environmental Management. 2007. Watershed. Vol. 12 No. 1 (July-February 2007)

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