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Prapimphan Chiengkul

PhD researcher, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

PhD thesis title:

Hegemony and counter-hegenomy in the agri-food system in Thailand (1990s-present)

Supervisor: Jan Aart Scholte


2012 Winner of the Elba Brown-Collier Student Paper Award at the 14th World Congress of Social Economics "Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics" University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 20-22 June 2012

The award was presented to the author of the best paper on a topic of core concern in Social Economics demonstrating strong promise for future scholarly contributions.

2014 Winner of the Anglo-Thai Society's Award for Educational Excellence for final year Thai PhD students in the UK with outstanding academic performance (Humanities and Social Sciences division)

The Awards was presented on Tuesday, November 18th at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, London.



Presented at the 14th World Congress of Social Economics "Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics" University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 20-22 June 2012

The paper title was "Towards an Ethical Agri-food System? Resistance and Alternatives to the Corporate Control of the Agri-food System in Thailand".

Invited to be a speaker at the Samaggi Academic Networking Event 4 (SANE) "Contemporary political development in Thailand: Thai society and solutions to political conflicts," University of Durham, UK, 5-7 July 2012

Presented and led a discussion on the topic: " The role of Thai intellectuals in providing solutions to political-economic problems" (in Thai) (ครั้งที่-๔-สาย-สังคมศาสตร์)


Presented at a transdisciplinary conference: "Planetary cancer: Growth, Economy and Culture in an Era of Climate Catastrophe," the University of Warwick, UK, 9 March 2013

Presented preliminary field research findings on the Land Reform Network in Thailand and community land title deeds

Presented a paper at the 10th biennal conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics "Ecological economics and institutional dynamics" in Reims and Lille, 17-21 June 2013

Attended a doctoral training course and presented a paper "The prospects of using community land title deeds (CLTDs) to counteract land grabbing and to promote sustainable agriculture in Thailand"

Presented a paper at the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)'s Fourth Annual Conference in Political Economy “Political Economy, Activism and Alternative Economic Strategies”, International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, 9 -11 July 2013.

Presented a paper "Trapped in the corporate agri-food system: resource grabbing and political-economic constraints in Thailand."


Paper nominated as the Best Graduate Student's Paper Award for the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies' Association (ISA), at the ISA's 55th Annual Convention 2014 "Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization", Toronto, Canada, 26-29 March 2014

The ISA is considered a premier international professional body in the field of international relations. The nomination was for the paper titled " Resisting Resource Grabs: Alternative Agriculture and Land Reform Movements in Thailand" in the panel "FC27: Making Global Capital Locally Accountable: Research on Finance, Food, and Mining".

Received a full grant from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research to present a paper at a symposium on "Green Growth and Global Environmental Change: Political Ideology, Political Economy and Policy Alternatives" on 25–26 July 2014 at the United Nations University headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.


(In May 2015) Selected to present a paper in the Global Development and International Political Economy (IPE) section, "New Directions in IPE Conference", University of Warwick, 13-15 May 2015.

Other initiatives

Main founder of the fair trade group and main organiser of the Fairtrade fortnight at the University of Warwick, 27 February - 2 March 2012

Organised a week-long campaign to raise awareness about fair trade, North-South co-operations, and how the existing international trading regime can be reformed to make it more sustainable and equitable.

Organised and participated in a postgraduate conference an academic and activist conference on fair trade issues. (

Main founder for a postgraduate networking conference “Food (In)Security Research Network: International and trans-disciplinary perspectives,” funded by the British International Study Association's Postgraduate Network (BISA-PGN) and the GEM School, at University of Warwick, UK, 16 October 2013

The conference aimed to encourage a transdisciplinary network of PhD students and early career researchers in the UK with research interests in food security issues from an international perspective and in different regions. Papers presented were based on case studies of different regions around the world such as Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. (

The Food (In)Security Postgraduate Research Network at the University of Warwick is currently working with a school in Tanzania in a vegetable allotment project to promote food security.


Prapimphan Chiengkul

P dot Chiengkul at warwick dot ac dot uk