As 2023 draws to a close, the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Chiang Mai University takes pride in a trove of achievements demonstrating our relentless pursuit of excellence and our tangible impact on society.
We heralded the year with the publication of “Policy Analysis in Thailand,” a pivotal work that delves into our nation’s policy analysis evolution and current practices. This seminal text documents our history and sets the course for a future underpinned by informed critical policy analysis.
Our international presence was bolstered by the honor of being chosen to host the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP7) in 2025 by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA), and the success of the Winter School on Public Policy this November, which convened 29 emerging scholars on our campus for a transformative week of dialogue and learning with IPPA-related top scholars.
Our academic reach has expanded through a double-degree program with Northern Illinois University and a new MOU with the University of the Philippines Cebu, illustrating our commitment to global academic exchange.
We congratulate three PhD graduates whose scholarly pursuits have now reached fruition, ready to contribute to the global discourse. SPP remains dedicated to being an influential force within Thailand and internationally.
In collaboration with the NESDC, we have embarked on a critical mission to scrutinize and reshape the public policy ecosystem, targeting the reduction of inequality and fostering inclusive growth.
Embracing our Climate Action mandate, we have zeroed in on the coffee sector, advocating for sustainable transitions that reconcile environmental stewardship with agricultural prosperity.
The Digital Rights and Policy in Asia Conference (DRAPAC), partnered with Engage Media, has furthered our dedication to digital governance, freedom of expression, and human rights.
The Myanmar Re-imagined Initiative (MRI) through the Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) program continues to resonate powerfully within this region as we all strive for peaceful democratic transitions.
Our foresight training programs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, the National Intelligence Agency of Thailand, and other key agencies, have set new standards of excellence. Our work envisioning the future of Thailand’s justice system with the Thailand Institute of Justice stands out as a beacon of policy innovation.
Thailand’s recent elections have signaled a new era of progressive discourse, with vigorous debates enriching the public policy landscape on issues ranging from social welfare to the military’s role in governance. We are excited about the country’s future and are ready to continue influencing new discourses, shaping and reshaping policy narratives, and steering the direction of policy ecosystems.
I extend my deepest gratitude to the University Council, our President and all Vice Presidents, the Governing Board, faculty, staff, partners, students, and alumni. I want to thank our donors especially. Your unwavering support has provided scholarships and funding events that create lasting impact.
As we look ahead, the School of Public Policy is more committed than ever to spearheading pivotal engagements that shape the public policy ecosystem and nurture our academic community for years to come.