Message by Director

Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen
Director, School of Public Policy

Greetings everyone! Welcome to the Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy (CMU-SPP).

In 2020, the world faces immense challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We see this as an opportunity to deeply examine existing assumptions, foundations, philosophies, structures, and practices that has led to inequalities of human society and the destruction of planetary health. The field of public policy provides enormous value in generating critical views and offering innovative solutions. We are extremely proud to be one of the few public policy education institutes in Asia today. Our work, since establishment, has exclusively focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Agenda 2030. We offer international MA and PhD programs in public policy with emphasis on sustainability, energy, urban governance, e-governance, and human wellbeing. Our curriculum is cutting edge for being interdisciplinary, we draw professors from over 10 faculties ranging from engineering, science, geography, architect, to political science, economics, and humanities.

We would very much like to work with like-minded people, those who are passionate about the role of the public sector and the idea of sound public policy.

In this time of crisis, we wish everyone well. Please let us know if we can be of service to you, your community, your organization, your country, in any way.

Vision Statement

To be the critical policy hub of collaborative platforms for a just sustainable future.

The Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy

We conducts quality research and offers graduate programs. It is the first school of public policy in Thailand.

Our Mission

1. To generate top quality research products

that can help enhance public policy decisions in the areas such as urban management, digital society and governance, environment and energy policies.

2. To train scholars and practitioners

in skills related to policy making, policy analysis, policy branding and communications, and policy advocacy.

3. To shape new discourses

on our understanding and practices of public policy processes in the world.

Meaning of our Logo

Our School of Public Policy is right at the edge of the horizon, which symbolizes that we work on frontier policy issues. We strive to raise forward the boundaries of problem definitions and innovative solutions. We work on globally important topics that is of relevant to the international community of scholars and practitioners of public policy.

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