International Affairs

Kevin Downey

Address: Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, Bangkok 10200
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Conference presentations:

Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom
(Full scholarship from the Thai government)
Master of Arts (Research) in Political Economy (Distinction) from the University of Sydney, Australia
(Full scholarship from the Australian government)
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) from the National University of Singapore, Singapore
(Full scholarship from the Singaporean government)

Political economy and International/Global Political Economy (development)
Transnational social movements (environment and social justice)
Transnational resource competition, green economy and the Agri-Food system
Progressive politics in industrialised countries

Chiengkul, P. (2017). The political economy of the agri-food system in Thailand. London: Routledge

Research articles
Chiengkul, P. (2018). The degrowth movement: Alternative economic practices and relevance to developing countries. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 43(2), 81–95. doi: 10.1177/0304375418811763

Chiengkul, P. (2019). Uneven development, inequality and concentration of power: a critique of Thailand 4.0, Third World Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2019.1612739
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Thailand Research Fund’s Award for Ph.D. Dissertation (Distinction)
Anglo-Thai Society's Award for Educational Excellence (2014)
Full grant from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research to present a paper at United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, 25–26 July 2014
Travel grant and nominations for the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies' Association (ISA)'s Best Graduate Student's Paper Award, ISA's 55th Annual Convention 2014, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 March 2014
Winner of the Elba Brown-Collier student paper award for best paper that demonstrates strong promise for future scholarly contributions, 14th World Congress of Social Economics in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 22 June 2012

- Chiengkul, P. (2019, June 12-14). Linking Thailand 4.0 with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Competition for Resource Control in Thailand. British International Studies Association (BISA) 44th Annual Conference 2019, 12-14 June 2019, Royal Society, Carleton House, London
- Chiengkul, P. (2018, November 8-9). The political economy of the agri-food system in Thailand: Power, accumulation, and the search for sustainability. UNRISD annual conference 2018 "Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization", Rooms XVIII and XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Chiengkul, P. (2018, September 12-14). Core-periphery relations, inequality, and industrial upgrading in Thailand. The International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)'s 9th Annual Conference in Political Economy, Pula, Croatia.
- Chiengkul, P. (2017, October 28-29). Sustainably extractive and innovatively unequal: A critique of Thailand’s schizophrenic capitalist economy 4.0. The 65th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Political Economy (JSPE), Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Chiengkul, P. (2015, May 13-15). Counter-Hegemonic struggles for alternative development in Thailand. New Directions in International Political Economy Conference, University of Warwick.
- Chiengkul, P. (2014, July 25-26). Growing a green economy: Counter-Hegemonic attempts to transform the agri-food system in Thailand. Symposium on "Green Growth and Global Environmental Change: Political Ideology, Political Economy and Policy Alternatives", United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.
- Chiengkul, P. (2014, March 26-29). Resisting resource grabs: Alternative agriculture and land reform movements in Thailand. The International Study Association’s (ISA) 55th Annual Convention 2014 "Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization", Toronto, Canada.
- Chiengkul, P. (2013, June 17-21). The prospects of using community land title deeds (CLTDs) to counteract land grabbing and to promote sustainable agriculture in Thailand. The 10th biennal conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, "Ecological economics and institutional dynamics", Lille, France, 17-21 June 2013
- Chiengkul, P. (2013, June 17-21). Trapped in the corporate agri-food system: resource grabbing and political-economic constraints in Thailand. The International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)'s 4th Annual Conference in Political Economy "Political Economy, Activism and Alternative Economic Strategies", International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, 9 -11 July 2013
- Chiengkul, P. (2012, June 20-22). Towards an Ethical Agri-food System? Resistance and Alternatives to the Corporate Control of the Agri-food System in Thailand. The 14th World Congress of Social Economics "Towards an Ethical Economy and Economics", University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 20-22 June 2012