Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat commenced her PhD at Australian National University’s Department of Political and Social Change in February 2015. She had a BA in Journalism from Bangkok’s Thammasat University. Rungrawee obtained her Master’s Degrees in Southeast Asian Studies from National University of Singapore and in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London (distinction).
She has developed her interest in, and expertise on, violent conflicts in Thailand’s predominantly Malay-Muslim South during her career as a journalist with the Nation and Associated Press and later as a political analyst with International Crisis Group. Rungrawee was the primary author of seven Crisis Group reports from 2008 to 2011, four of which were on Thailand’s southern conflict and three on national politics. She has since been working as a consultant for UNDP and other international NGOs on Southern Thailand. Her research interests include Thai politics, peace processes, civil society and conflict resolution and Islam in Southeast Asia. Her PhD research will focus on the roles of religion in armed conflict in southern Thailand.
Selected Publications •The Road to Patani Peace Process, Prince of Songkla University’s Institute for Peace Studies and the Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation Project, Bangkok, 2015 (in Thai) •Dissecting the Thinking of Patani Independence Movements, DeepBook, Bangkok, 2013 (in Thai). •“How far is the end of the tunnel?: A comparative study of peace processes in the Philippines and Thailand”, Fa Diew Kan, Vol. 11. No. 1, 2013 ( in Thai) •“Islamic Insurgency and its Weakening of the Thai State,” in Thang D. Nguyen (ed.), The Thai Challenge: The Unity, Stability and Democracy in Times of Uncertainty, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2008 •“The Security Forces and Human Rights Violations in Thailand’s Insurgency-Ravaged South” in Imagined Land The State and Southern Violence in Thailand, Matichon Publishing, Bangkok 2008 (in Thai). [An English translation of this article was published in 2009 by Research Institute for Language and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.] •“Politics of Representation: A Case Study of Thailand’s Assembly of the Poor”, Critical Asian Studies. Vol. 36 No. 4, 2004, pp. 541–66.
Selected Op-Eds •“South talks a cause for cautious optimism,” Bangkok Post, 9 December 2014. •“เมื่อนักรบปาตานีสัญญาที่จะเคารพกฎหมายมนุษยธรรมระหว่างประเทศ”, มติชนรายวัน, 22 สิงหาคม 2557 [“When Patani fighters promise to respect International Humanitarian Law”, Matichon Daily, 22 August 2014 – in Thai] •”Don’t neglect peace dialogue in the Deep South,” Bangkok Post, 12 February 2014.