239 Huay Kaew Road, T. Suthep, Muaeng Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai University was founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. CMU was the first institution of higher education in the north, and the first provincial university in Thailand. Currently, CMU is the top-three University in Thailand, ranked by the QS World University Ranking.
With its 20 Faculties, 3 Colleges, and 3 Research Institutes, with over 35,000 students, CMU is a Leading University with Academic Excellence in International Standards, focusing to become a research-oriented institution of higher education and producing graduates with high moral and ethical standards, equipped to practice good governance under the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Sustainable Development.
Provide higher education and high-level professional education emphasizing academic excellence and quality of graduates with high moral and ethical standards under the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.
- Conduct research in various fields to support standards of teaching, learning and technology transfer for the social and economic development of the region and the country.
- Provide academic services to the national community in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, particularly for Northern Thailand.
- Preserve and nurture our religious and cultural heritage, and develop the resources of the unique natural environment of Northern Thailand.
- Develop the University’s administration systems and management under the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy while aiming at Sustainable Development.
At University levels, we have 140 Collaborative Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding with foreign universities, institutes and international organizations in 28 countries. Activities covered by these Agreements and Memoranda include academic collaboration, the secondment of thesis advisors and project consultants, joint research, faculty staff and student exchange, curriculum development, joint seminars, and information exchange.
Chiang Mai University Team Member
Assistant Professor Dr. Liwa Pardthaisong
Associate Dean in Research and Foreign Affairs,
Liwa Pardthaisong graduated with the B.Sc.(Hons.) in Geography from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, the Master of Philosophy in Applied Population Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Dundee, UK. She is now an Associate Dean in Research and Foreign Affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University where she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, and the Committee Chair for the M.Sc. Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics.
Her research focuses on the issues of population and health: the demographic interactions among low fertility, migration, and HIV/AIDS, in particular the implications for ageing and rural areas in Northern Thailand; labour immigrants from Myanmar into Thailand, and their access to healthcare; health and the environment, particularly cancer in Northern Thailand. In recent years, she has extended her research interested to other Asian Countries, including the study of HIV/AIDS risk among road construction workers in Yunnan Province of PDR China, supported by the Ford Foundation. She has been granted by the Sumitomo Foundation, Japan, to study the quality of life of the rural ageing in Fujisawa, Japan. She was also a short-term researcher at Komazawa University, Tokyo, and has done a research on the social care and support of the elderly in the Special Nursing Homes in Sendai, funded by the Hitachi Foundation, Japan.
Recently, she received the “Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellow” certificate from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), Tulane University, USA. She was one of the research team working on the 2-years-project in strengthening leadership in disaster resilience, supported by ADPC and DRLA, which involved doing the baseline survey and organizing international workshops in leadership and disaster resilience.
Dr. Arisara Charoenpanyanet
Department of Geography,
She finished Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Interested topics are in disaster risk management and HealthGIS. She is now an acting Director of Geo-informatics and Space Technology Center (Northern Region). According to this position, she has to deal with a lot of research responsibilities. Her research experiences related with disaster issues, for example, are 1) the use of Geo-informatics technology for assessment of flood damaged in Chiang Mai Municipality, 2) mapping and monitoring forest fire using remote sensing and GIS, 3) the use of remote sensing and GIS to find the relationship between air quality and forest fire in Northern Thailand, 4) near real time system for analysis of forest fire risk areas at Doi Phu Ka National Park in Nan province, 5) community strength support to resolve haze crisis and development of surveillance network, 6) application of GIS for landslide risk area analysis and planning: Case study of Eastern and Western Thailand, 7) strengthening leadership in disaster resilience program: baseline needs assessment, 8) participatory operation for disaster and natural resource management under local climate change scenario. She is one of the representative of the Department to joint Disaster Resilience Leadership Project organized by ADPC during 2012-2013. This project aimed to strengthen existing disaster resilience leadership capacity through short courses and certificate programs, to develop future leaders in disaster resilience through institutionalizing disaster resilience leadership graduate certificate and degree programs in Asia, and 3) to sustain global disaster resilience leadership through the creation of a global network that will foster collective learning and resource sharing in Asia as well as in other regions.
Dr. Chanida Suwanprasit
Lecturer and Program coordinator
Department of Geography,
Dr. Chanida Suwanprasit is a lecturer as well as Geoinformatics program coordinator in Department of Social sciences at Chiang Mai University, Thailand where she has been a faculty member since 2014. Dr. Suwanprasit holds Ph.D. degree in Geography from University of Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests lie in the area of GIS and Remote Sensing modelling in environmental issues, spatial analysis and GIS-based spatial decision support systems. Currently, she is doing research projects including Changes of Urban Heat Island Phenomenon and Green Space in Mueang District, Chiang Mai Province (funded by Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University) and Feasibility Study of Earthquake Warning Using Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing (funded by National Research Council of Thailand).
Previously, she was doing several projects related to water balance and flood modelling using GIS and Remote Sensing in Phuket Province, Thailand. In 2012, she also joined a projects team to conduct research entitled Water Vulnerability Assessment in Phuket Province under Vulnerability Assessments in Mekong-Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (M-BRACE) project which funded by United States Agency for International Development – USAID through Institute for social and environmental Transition – ISET and Thailand Environment Institute.
Mr. Phaothai Sin-ampol
Department of Geography,
Phaothai Sin-ampol received bachelor’s degree in geography (hons.) in 2011, as well as master’s degree in social science (track of development studies) in 2014 from Chiang Mai University.
He started his career as a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University since May 2015. In research experiences, he firstly participated as a researcher and a post-graduate fellow with Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) in the project of “Inland Aquaculture and Adaptation to Climate Change in Northern Thailand, Activity A3.1: Effects of Aquaculture on Household Resilience”, funded by IDRC Canada, between June 2012 – December 2015. Afterwards, he is currently responsible as a project leader of “Baseline Study for Child Centered Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Thailand” in this year, which is supported by Plan Foundation, in order to conduct preliminary surveys of knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of children and related stakeholders in remote areas of Northern Thailand for the establishment of milestone for monitoring progress and suggesting several recommendations in climate change adaptation to the organization.
According to those experiences, his interest is therefore associated with climate change adaptation in the anthropogenic scheme, behavioral studies in a geographical perspective, rural changes, as well as environmental politics.