Phaothai Sin-ampol

PhD Scholar
Fenner School of Environment & Society


MA (Social Science - Development Studies); BS (Geography) Hons.- Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Phaothai is working as a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Chiang Mai University, Thailand since May 2015. Previously, he received a scholarship from AQUADAPT, supported by IDRC Canada, under the Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University as a researcher for three years and obtained a master's degree in social science. His thesis topic, mobility as an adaptation to climate and socio-economic risks of fish farming households in Northern Thailand, was awarded as the excellent master's thesis in humanities and social sciences. He also participated in a postgraduate research in the topic of in situ social resilience of fish farmers' adaptation by skills development. Prior to commencing PhD, he has experienced in several disaster-related research projects in Northern Thailand (e.g. haze resilience, baseline survey for child-centered climate change, flood risk adaptation) and engaged to the international collaboration. He was a part of Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation (ASCENT), funded by the European Union, that aims to strengthen research and innovation capacity for societal resilience to disasters. He is also currently a researcher in the project of youth-led research on benefits of ‘child-centered’ approach to climate change adaptation in Thailand, sponsored by Plan International. 


Research interests

  • Thoughtful community-based adaptation to climate change and flood
  • Disaster risk management and resilience
  • Multi-level environmental governance
  • Geography & behavioral perspectives
  • Mobility/migration and rural restructuring.

Community-based Adaptation of Repeated Flooding Communities in the Yom River Basin, Thailand

The main research question draws upon the relationship between individuals and other wider stakeholders in the regime of flood and climate governance, as well as development schemes affecting flood characteristic in the Yom River Basin. It aims to explore in what ways individuals are able to collaborate in community-based adaptation, as a fundamental to multi-level governance for adaptation to climate change in the context of repeated flooding.

According to the main question, I emphasizes a robust connection of scale and governance. Due to the context of flood and water resources management, as well as the articulation of neoliberal and sustainable development in Thailand, social relationship for water resources management has been illustrated in terms of unequal power relations in traditionally hierarchical structures, dominated by state discourses of macro-scale development and structural mitigation to exclude other forms of knowledge from different actors in flood and irrigation systems. In promoting local communities and individual to engage with governance, multi-level governance primarily determines to encourage vertical and nested relationship at the holistic point of view. Another point is that multi-level governance promotes a capacity not only for adaptation, but also approaches to transformation of social and political structures, which requires ongoing negotiation of interests. A picture of horizontal collaboration will not be enlightened if the arguments of ‘bounded rationality’ among human in building governance and ‘the inadequacy of individual participation’ in community-based adaptation were not applied to support that importance. To understanding individuals I cannot employ only declarative knowledge in adaptation to flood, but their subjectivity from values, beliefs, norms, experiences, and behaviors – reflected as performativity – should be understood as well. Forming divergent social identity, based on performativity, of each subgroup in the community is able to problematize the heterogeneity of adaptation in a community level, which collaborate and articulate a gap among individuals and subgroups for redesigning individual-oriented community-based adaptation as pro-environmental behavior in the future.

Pardthaisong, L., Sin-ampol, P., Suwanprasit, C. & Charoenpanyanet, A. (2018). Haze Pollution in Chiang Mai, Thailand: A Road to Resilience. Procedia Engineering, 212, 85-92. 

Suwanprasit, C., Charoenpanyanet, A., Pardthaisong, L. & Sin-ampol, P. (2018). Spatial and Temporal Variations of Satellite-Derived PM10 of Chiang Mai: An Exploratory Analysis. Procedia Engineering, 212, 141-148. 

Sin-ampol, P. (2017). Collaborating Micro-level Stakeholders to Child-centered Climate Change Adaptation: A Pathway to Climate Change Governance in Northern Thailand. Proceedings In the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies "Globalized Thailand?" Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies. 15-18 July 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand.