Phaothai Sin-Ampol

MA (Social Science - Development Studies); BS (Geography) Hons.- Chiang Mai University, Thailand
PhD Student

Phaothai is working as a lecturer at the Department of Geography, Chiang Mai University, Thailand since May 2015. Previously, he received a scholarship from AQUADAPT, supported by IDRC Canada, under the Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University as a researcher for three years and obtained a master's degree in social science. His thesis topic, mobility as an adaptation to climate and socio-economic risks of fish farming households in Northern Thailand, was awarded as the excellent master's thesis in humanities and social sciences. He also participated in a postgraduate research in the topic of in situ social resilience of fish farmers' adaptation by skills development. Prior to commencing PhD, he has experienced in several disaster-related research projects in Northern Thailand (e.g. haze resilience, baseline survey for child-centered climate change, flood risk adaptation) and engaged to the international collaboration. He was a part of Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation (ASCENT), funded by the European Union, that aims to strengthen research and innovation capacity for societal resilience to disasters. He is also currently a researcher in the project of youth-led research on benefits of ‘child-centered’ approach to climate change adaptation in Thailand, sponsored by Plan International. 

My research interests, basically, emphasise, but being tentative, on community-based adaptation to climate change and flood; disaster risk management and resilience; multi-level environmental governance; geography & behavioral perspectives; and mobility/migration and rural restructuring.

Research interests

Thesis title

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

Thesis description

The Lower Yom River Basin of Thailand has experienced multiple episodes of flooding in recent decades. Within Thailand, the state is represented as the only influential actor to design and regulate water and river basin management. However, it is also acknowledged that there is insufficient collaboration with non-state actors in practice. This research draws upon the relationship between individuals and other stakeholders in flood and climate governance, as well as state development schemes affecting flood characteristics in the Yom River Basin. It seeks to understand, through participatory action research in two repeatedly flooded communities, how individuals – who have different ‘performativity’ and social identity characteristics – are able to be actively engaged in community-based adaptation and further integrated across knowledge scales and levels of actors for the transformation of flood risk adaptation and regional socio-economic development.

Pardthaisong, L., Sin-ampol, P., Suwanprasit, C. & Charoenpanyanet, A. (2018). Haze Pollution in Chiang Mai, Thailand: A Road to Resilience. Procedia Engineering, 212, 85-92. 

Suwanprasit, C., Charoenpanyanet, A., Pardthaisong, L. & Sin-ampol, P. (2018). Spatial and Temporal Variations of Satellite-Derived PM10 of Chiang Mai: An Exploratory Analysis. Procedia Engineering, 212, 141-148. 

Sin-ampol, P. (2017). Collaborating Micro-level Stakeholders to Child-centered Climate Change Adaptation: A Pathway to Climate Change Governance in Northern Thailand. Proceedings In the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies "Globalized Thailand?" Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies. 15-18 July 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand.