Workshop: Research in a Politically Sensitive Ground


Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, gave a workshop for a handful of students concerned with doing research in challenging environments. 

Citizen of Thailand, Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun started his career in the civil service before entering academia. Engaged scholar, his criticism toward the political situation in Thailand led him to enter into exile, finding in Kyoto, Japan a new home. Strong from his experience, Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun shared tips to students about how to navigate doing research in hostile or difficult environments. 

In the mark of the workshop, students could appreciate the importance of building networks in different spheres of the society. Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun also informed students of existing initiatives of scholars aimed at protecting those whose liberty and life are endangered.