Training and Consultancy

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Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy (SPP) is working with policy specialists that are supporting communities’ with bettering their social engagement, deliberative processes, and public policy management.

SPP’s approach is pluralistic and inter-disciplinary. We recognize the value of adopting multiple methods and theoretical frameworks for understanding the politics of policy formulation and change. Ultimately, our interest is influencing practices and outcomes. Therefore, we are interested in policy initiatives that engage directly with effected stakeholders and responsible decision-makers who are working toward goals realized through collaborative processes.

We do commissioned research whereby our faculty and partners answer clients’ questions, particularly related with public policy issues critical to sustainability. Using multi-disciplinary methods for delving into multi-scale and multi-level issues and factors, our interests range from the determinants of pro-environmental behavior by individuals, to regional opportunities and challenges created by urbanization and innovative technologies, to global problems such as climate change.

Our research partners, while nested in their respective expertise, come from a dynamic array of backgrounds and academic faculties both domestic and international. All focus on policy context within their research fields. They, while being involved in SPP’s various consultancy and training programs, also teach SPP’s academic elective courses, supervise students.

Some research SPP has done involved learning from deliberative processes experiments, delving into the nexus of policy communication and human behavior, a systematic review of deliberative processes around the world, and also the utility and limitations of online public participation. Additional projects have included the role of digital platforms in decision-making, deliberative mechanisms for policy analysis, evidence-based versus superstition-based policymaking in Asia, and the role of narratives in public policy (“What do we know?”). We also have engaged the dynamics of collaborative expertise, mini-publics, and the socio-cultural context and possibilities of deliberative democracy in Thailand, among others.

Our consultancy partners include the Excellence Center in Urban Study and Public Policy (ECUP), Asia-Pacific Public Policy Network, Energy Research and Development Institute (ERDI), Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and the United Nations; our consultancy project clients have included the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia Foundation, and other multilateral organizations.

SPP also provides customized short course trainings on governance, renewable energy, blockchain, policy decision-making, policy design, policy communication, policy evaluation, policy management, and other public policy related topics.