THAI KHADI RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Thammasat University, the second oldest
university in Thailand and one of the most prestigious universities
in the country, was established on June 27,1934. Initially,
its focus was primarily on law and politics, but later it
expanded to offer courses in social sciences, humanities,
science and technology, and medicine, with the aim of providing
higher education in fields pertinent to social needs and development.
At present, there are seventeen faculties at Thammasat :
Allied Health Science, Commerce and Accountancy, Dentistry,
Economics, Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, Journalism
and Mass Communication, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Nursing,
Political Science, Science and Technology, Sirindhon International
Institute of Technology, Social Administration, Sociology
and Anthropology, and the Graduate School. In addition, there
is the Language Institute, offering fundamental English courses
and English for special purposes.
Thammasat has four institutes whose responsibilities are
mainly research work. These are the East Asian Studies Institute,
the Human Resources Institute, the Information Processing
Institute for Education and Development, and Thai Khadi Research
The Thai Khadi Research Institute
Established in 1971, The Thai Khadi Research Institute was
initially intended to encourage academics in Thailand to create
and disseminate the body of knowledge about Thai society and
culture. In the early stage, the Institute focused on researching
as its major mission. Emphasis was on humanities and historical
research and documentation.
From 1977 the Institute began to expand its scope of work
on research and academic activities as Thammasat University’s
research center. It provided research funds for university
personnel and academics while expanding cooperation and academic
networks with international research funds and other international
academic institutes. Then the Institute’s research projects
covered a wide range of issues, namely rural development,
economics, poverty, income distribution, and congested communities.
These studies were problem-oriented and policy-oriented, and
they were undertaken in response to the government’s policy
and the national economic and social development plans. During
the past decade, research projects also involved the fields
of medicine and science and technology in response to the
demands of personnel and academics at the university’s newly
At present, The Thai Khadi Research Institute has concentrated
on conducting its own research projects in the fields of social
sciences and the humanities. The Institute has implemented
an integrated research plan in accordance with national research
strategies and agenda. Its research agenda, in particular,
is in support of national competitiveness, social capital,
poverty alleviation, quality of life, and sustainable development
strategies, on the basis of in depth understanding of Thai
society and culture.
In addition to research works, the Institute also plays a
vital role as an academic network. It has continued to organize
academic activities, such as seminars and training, and has
offered academic services for more than three decades. The
Institute has also hosted international seminars on various
topics, such as Village and State in Thai Studies (April 1985),
Asian Forum for Muslim Social Scientists (February 1987),
Thai Studies in ASEAN: State of the Art (September 1987),
The Literary, Historical and Cultural Aspects of Thao Hung
Thao Cheuang (November 1995), Comparative Thai-Vietnam Archaeology
(August 1998), Tai Peoples before the Coming of Civilization
(May 1999), Seminar on Ethnography of South East Asian Textiles
(August 2000), and Research Methodology for the Study of Art
History (May-June 2003).
With its determination to carry out the mission of research
and academic work, together with the potential, readiness,
and experience of its personnel, The Thai Khadi Research Institute
plans to launch two projects in the future. The projects include
the teaching program and learning process for Thai studies
and a Thai studies academic network. The Institute will continue
to conduct seminars and training, as well as academic exchange
programs with foreign universities, in order to enhance and
develop its research potential to the international level.
1. To promote research and in-depth study of Thai/Tai culture
and society at the local and regional levels.
2. To encourage scholars and faculty members to conduct research
relevant to the needs of Thai society.
3. To seek and allocate research grants and funds by coordinating
with various national, regional and international agencies.
4. To disseminate research findings and new approaches to
Thai studies by organizing talks, training programs, cross-cultural
workshops, national and international seminars/conferences
as well as publishing documentation in the form of newsletters,
journals, pamphlets and books.
5. To promote institutional linkages through an exchange
of information as well as an exchange of researchers between
national and international institutes.
Organization and Staff
Thai Khadi Research Institute is an agency under Thammasat
University, with a faculty status and operates as follows
1. The administrative body
The director and associate director with 3-year term of office.
The executive committee, whose members are appointed by the
University Council on recommendation of the Institute director.
The administrative body sets the policy and supervises the
of the Thai Khadi Research Institute (1971-present)
2. The operation
Research Section : conducting its own research as well as
undertaking joint research with external researchers / research
Library : compiling research information
on Thai studies as well as providing information service to
researchers and agencies.
Office of the Secretary : seeing to general administrative
functions and coordinating with various agencies both within
and outside Thammasat University.