Direk Jayanama Research Center (DJRC)
Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
Since 1990s, Thailand has faced a number of difficulties and challenges due to a globalization and changes of domestic and international political and economic environment. Domestically, Thai politics has been under a transition period. Power structure and political institutions have been transformed. Globalization and liberalization also raise the question of state’s role and capacity to respond and adapt to the new conditions and environment. Internationally, owing to the dynamic changes of international environment together with the emergence of new actors in the international community, it is expected that Thailand’s position and role both in the region and in the world would be more positive and active. At the same time, her relations with the neighboring countries have been reconsidered and promoted in order to enhance economic development and strengthen peaceful relationship.
In order to cope with all these challenges, “knowledge” is very vital for policy makers and public. Direk Jayanama Research Center (DJRC) of Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, has been reorganized since June 2011 to be a research center and to function as a think tank focusing on political institutions and foreign policies.
1. To create and enhance body of knowledge on political institutions and foreign policies.
2. To bridge between policy makers and academic, and provide policy recommendation.
3. To disseminate knowledge to public by various means (public seminars, publications, etc.)
To achieve the goal of being ‘think tank’, Direk Jayanama Research Center (DJRC) plans to conduct several activities; namely, research projects, database, dissemination, international network, and training program.
Regarding research, priority will be given to research projects related to Thai political institutions and foreign policy, particularly her policy and role in the region and her relations with neighboring countries. In addition, some critical current issues; such as, ASEAN Community, Food Security, Borderland, etc., will also be studied, recent research project are;
- The study and redesign of Thai election system.
- The study on Thailand’s policy and role in ASEAN.
- The study on Thailand’s food security policy.
- The study on Thailand’s development cooperation policy.
- Streams of knowledge along Thai-Burmese Border Zones.
- Japan-Thailand Relations: Shared experiences and lesson learned on crisis management.
- ASEAN Watch
DJRC aims to be a ‘tank’ of some selected data and information which has not been accumulated much with systematically analysis by other organizations. Therefore, data base on 3 important issues are developed currently; food security, international development Cooperation, and Thailand in ASEAN.
To be a “Bridge” between an academic world and policy makers, as well as to provide knowledge for public, several dissemination channels are created; for example, Political Science Forum, public seminars, and various types of publications.
As Thammasat University as well as Faculty of Political Science have promoted the internationalization policy, DJRC, as a response to that policy, has designed and developed several international networks of scholars; for example, ICIRD, CEAS, and TMTT. All these networks mainly function as a forum for scholars from within and outside the country to exchange their ideas and knowledge, and conduct academic activities together. (More detail can be found at websites of ICIRD and CEAS).
Training programs and Consulting Projects
To increase efficiency of public and private sectors, new knowledge and technology must be equipped to personals of both sectors. Therefore, capacity building by tailor-made training programs are conducted recently; such as, Certificate Program in Public Administration for Economic and Social Development; Certificate Program in Supporting work for the NESDP No. 11 (2012-2016); Certificate Program in Preparedness for ASEAN Community 2015; Certificate Program in Preparedness for Young Politicians under Democratization and Decentralization Process, etc.