In 2022, the School of Public Policy at Chiang Mai University continued to grow from strength to strength. We made impacts in the areas of climate change, urban innovation, food security, and public policy analysis innovations. Our partners grew in numbers and quality of engagement. We are most proud of our graduate students who worked hard to achieve good quality research work in the form of academic publications and policy briefs. We assisted our Burmese friends in policy capacity building and policy advocacy work. We did all this while the world faced hardship due to the war in Ukraine, the violent conflict in Myanmar, rising economic hardships, and the unforeseeable effects of climate change. Despite all the challenges, the world is slowly recovering from the global pandemic; youths are projecting stronger voices to secure their future; civic innovations are better supported; planetary and holistic well-being is given more importance than before. Thus, we see hope and know that with resilience, grit, determination, and authentic collaboration, we can help steer societies to be healthier, safer, and fairer for all.
In 2023, we will continue to be the collaborative platform to foster policy innovations in climate adaptation, energy, food security, urban governance, digital democracy, transboundary issues, and holistic well-being. We look forward to working with everyone.
We want to thank Chiang Mai University Council members, the University President and his team of Vice Presidents, our Chair of the Governing Board and board members, our faculty members, affiliated faculty members, the ‘cabin crew’ team, research fellows, research assistants, and all the key partners that we worked with in 2022 for your continuous support to our mission in creating a just sustainable future for all.