Orapan Nabangchang. Dr. Nabangchang is an Associate Professor of economics at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. She completed her Bachelor Degree from the University of York, UK in the field of Politics and Sociology; her Masters in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, UK and her Ph.D. in Land Economy from University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Orapan has extensively researched the land and environmental issues of Thailand and Southeast Asia. She is also currently Deputy Director of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) which is an agency that aims at building capacities of environmental economists in this Region. As part of the EEPSEA management team she has been involved in training programs in Southeast Asian countries and organizer and Resource Persons in the field of economic valuation of natural resources and the environment. She also supervises researchers fro EEPSEA supported projects in Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Myanmar. In Thailand, Dr. Orapan has conducted research for agencies that are interested in the theory and application of environmental economics such as the Court of Justices, the Department of National Park Wildlife and Plants and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

Rawadee Jarungrattanapong. Dr. Jarungrattanapong is currently an academic staff at school of Economics, Sukhothai Thammathirat University. She holds a B.A. in Statistics from Srinakarinwirot University and an MA in economics from the National Institute of Development Administration, both of which are Thai institutions. She also holds a MSc. in Environmental Management from National University of Singapore. She got her PhD in Asia Pacific Studies (Environmental Economics) from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. Her specialize is Natural Resources and Environmental Economics and her current research focuses on Behavioral Economics and Environmental Management.

Kunlayanee Pornpinatepong. Mrs. Pornpinatepong is an Assistance Professor of Economics at Prince Songkla University (PSU), Thailand. Presently, she is the Head of Economic Department, Faculty of Economics, PSU. She completed her Masters in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island, USA. Her research interests are in the areas of economic valuation of natural resource, experimental economics, and policy analysis which most of her study are involved with coastal resource or lake management. Two of her outstanding research was selected for the 4th and the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2010 and 2014.

Piyaluk Buddhawongsa. Dr. Buddhawongsa is currently an assistant professor in School of Economics, Chiang Mai University. She was received her Ph.D in Economics from Texas A&M University, USA in 2005. She attained several environmental economic courses funded by EEPSEA. She conduct research with EEPSEA entitled “Guidelines for conducting extended cost-benefit analysis of dam projects in Thailand” in 2001, “Household Demand for Improved Drinking Water Quality: A Cross Country Project” in 2012 and “Farmers’ Adaptation to Flood Disaster: Evidence from the Mekong River Basin in Thailand” with Phumsith Mahasuweerachai in 2012. She was a teaching assistant of Dr. Benoit Laplante in an EEPSEA short training course in LOAS in 2001. She was also a resource person in an EEPSEA short training courses in Cambodia (2008), LAOS (2011), Vietnam (2013), Cambodia (2014) and Myanmar (2015).

Phumsitth Mahasuweerachai. Dr. Mahasuweerachai is an Assistant Professor of economics at Khon Kaen University. He completed his Bachelor Degree from Khon Kaen University, Thailand in the field of Economics; his master degree in Economics from National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, USA. Dr. Phumsith has researched water, environmental, behavioral economics, and sustainable rural development issues of Thailand. With Dr. Orapan, he has also involved in national and international payment for ecosystem services training programs.

Mya Lwin Lwin Aung. Ms. Mya Lwin Lwin Aung received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Yangon in 1999. She completed her master degree (Master of Public Administration) from Yangon Institute of Economics in early 2014. She attended the research methodology course in Mekong Institute, MINZAS2013 and attended some more courses of environmental economics at EEPSEA. She has done one project about Solid Waste Management granted by EEPSEA. Currently, she is Liaison officer of EEPSEA.

Advisory Board

Herminia A. Francisco. Dr. Francisco has been EEPSEA’s Director since 2007. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the Program’s Deputy Director and was Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Banos’ College of Economics and Management. Her written work covers topics such as economics of soil erosion and conservation and institutional issues governing the management of common pool resources.

Pham Khanh Nam. Dr. Pham Khanh Nam is EEPSEA’s Deputy Director. He is also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Development Economics, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City. His research interests include behaviorial, experimental and environmental economics with particular focus on social dilemmas related to the use of common resources; the role of social preferences in economic decisions; and decisions of economic agents under risk and uncertainty.

Daigee Shaw. Dr. Daigee Shaw is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, and a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, National Cheng-Chi University, and in the Institute of Natural Resource Management, National Taipei University. He specialized in economic analysis and policy analysis related to natural resources and pollution control issues. Daigee won the Ministry of Education Academic Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 1995. He has been President of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research from 2006-2011. He is currently serving as President of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, President of the Chinese Regional Science Association-Taiwan, and in the editorial boards of two international journals: Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (Springer) and Climate Change Economics (World Scientific). He received his Ph.D. in resource policy, economics and management from the University of Michigan in 1985.

Young Soek Eom. Dr. Young Sook Eom is a professor from Chonbuk University, South Korea. She is also a Board Member of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resources Economics. She has extensive experience in both theoretical and applied researches specializing in economic valuation of natural resources and environment. She is a prominent figure both in academic circles in South Korea and in East Asia.

Phouphet Kyophilavong. Dr. Kyophilavong is an Associate Professor and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, National University of Laos. He received his PhD in Economics from the Kobe University in 2003. He has been carrying out research on macroeconomic management issues, economic integration, energy, natural resources and environmental issues, and poverty in Laos and has published widely. He has directed numerous projects in his areas of expertise and worked closely with national organizations, universities and government agencies in Laos, and with international organizations including the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya. Mr. Petipong was formerly Permanent Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Permanent Secretary General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and Director of the Biodiversity Economy Based Development Office (BEDO). His last position was as Minister of MOAC. Mr. Petipong is one of the leading figures in Thailand recognized for the many strategic positions in key organizations responsible for management of natural resources and environment.

Dr. Htay Htay Lwin. Dr. Htay Htay Lwin is the Acting Rector of Co-operative University, Thanlyin. She earned her Ph.D (Economics) from Yangon University of Economics. Her 1st and 2nd degrees are Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics. She worked at Yangon Institute of Economics about 32 years and transferred to Co-operative University. She has well experience in development work, research, project management, training, and teaching.


The Faculty of Management Sciences, Khon Kaen University

The Faculty of Management Sciences, Khon Kaen University, offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of business and economics. As the community and the country undergoes continuous changes, so too does the Faculty of Management Sciences. Both the policy and the delivery of instructions at the Faculty undergo continuous improvements and adaptations to satisfy educational and public needs. Current modifications emphasize the effectiveness of instructions and are consistent with the national policy of student-based learning. Specifically, several rigidities have been removed to allow more flexibility and efficiency that are fitting to the fast-changing educational context.

Economics Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

Economics has been taught at Chiang Mai University since 1964, initially by the Economics Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences. On 28 August 1992, the faculty of Economics, known today as Chiang Mai School of Economics or CMSE, was officially established according to the Royal Thai Government s Development Plan for the Northern region and the objectives of Chiang Mai University in providing undergraduate and postgraduate education in regional areas, and to serve as a social center for advance research and academic services


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