PhD Seminar - Community-based Adaptation of Repeatedly Flooded Communities in the Yom River Basin

This seminar will be both in-person in the Frank Fenner Seminar Room and online via Zoom.


In this PhD seminar, Phaothai Sin-ampol will exmaine how local communities are adapting to manage climate-change induced flooding in the Lower Yom River basin in Thailand, which has experienced multiple episodes of flooding in recent decades. Within Thailand, the state is represented as the influential actor in applying flood retention measures - however, it is also acknowledged that there is insufficient participation from non-state micro-level actors.

Drawing on personal experiences in policy making at different levels with Participatory Action Research (PAR) in repeatedly urban and rural flooded communities, this research explores: 1) In what ways do individuals collaborate with a community to adapt to flood across scales for governance?; and 2) How can local communities in the YRB be ensured to live with climate-induced floods? To serve these questions, I developed a hierarchical model of individual collaboration in community-based flood governance. This model addresses the roles of non-state agencies in supporting policy changes at a community level, fosters international collaboration in coming across the interplays of national-level authorities, and builds up a platform for transformative adaptation at a river basin level.


About the speaker

Phaothai Sin-ampol commenced his PhD at the Fenner School at the end of 2017 in human geography and development studies. Prior to his study, he is a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Chiang Mai University, Thailand since 2015.

His research interests are related to qualitative and participatory research in order to understand changes and relationships across human, society, and the environment. Local initiatives with cross-scale and multi-level interactions with stakeholders are central to his focus.