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Sopon Naruchaikusol

PhD Candidate


Department of Geography

University of Bonn 

Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn



Meckenheimer Allee 176, 3. Stock, Raum 3.009


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Research Interests 

Poster Resilience

Vulnerability and Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), Scenario Planning, Migrations, Economic Valuation, Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), Participatory Action Research, Wetlands Management in the Lower Mekong River Basin

Dissertation project

Changing Climate and Translocality from Mountain to Coast: Climate-induced Migration, Social Vulnerability and Communities Resilience in Thailand. read more...




I hold Master of Science in Resources Management (interdisciplinary graduated programme) from Kasetsart University in Thailand, with a focus on participatory research and valuation method. I worked as a research assisstant in Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University and the Biodiversity Research and Training Program (BRT) on tourism management, economic valuation, and biodiversity researchs in Thailand. Furthermore, I worked with IUCN-The World Conservation Union on forest resources managment and wetlands management in the lower Mekong River Basin (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam) as outreach officer. Before joining the department of Geography, University of Bonn, I worked as research associate with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and project consultant with the Asia Foundation (TAF), emphasized on vulnerability assessment, disaster risk managment and early warning system in Tsunami affected areas, climate change adapation, social learning, climate & economics model, and river basin management. I also have extensive experiences in research fieldwork and policy research, particularly in Thailand. For PhD research, I would like to study on migration, vulnerability and resilience from climate-related hazards and environmental change as well as to mainstreaming climate chage adpation and migration issues into national and local development policies.



Beckman, M., Naruchaikusol, S., and Thi My Van, N. (2015) Upland Development, Climate Risk, and Institutional Conditions for Adaptation in Thailand and Vietnam. Climate and Development. 

Lebel, L., Naruchaikusol, S., and Junthopas, M. (2014) Transboundary Flows of Resources, People, Goods, and Services in the Mekong Region. Climate Risks, Regional Integration and Sustainability in the Mekong Region. Lebel, L., Hoanh, C.T., Krittasudthacheewa, C., and Daniel, R., Eds. Vinlin Press Sdn Bhd, Selangor, Malaysia.

Naruchaikusol, S., M. Beckman, and J. Mochizuki. 2013. Disaster response and adaptive capacity of upland communities in the face of increasing climate risk: A discussion of changing livelihoods, land use, and natural-resources management in Northern Thailand. IRDR International Centre of Excellence, Taipei.

Krittasudthacheewa, C., Polpanich, O., Bush, A., Srikuta, P., Kemp-Benedict, E., Inmuong, Y., Inmuong, U., Featherston, P., Eagleton, G., Naruchaikusol, S., Pravalprukskul, P., Krawanchid, D., 2012. Final Report for the Northeast Thailand Futures: A Local Study of the Exploring Mekong Region Futures Project.  Report submitted to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Polpanich, O., S. Naruchaikusol, and M. Osbeck. 2012: Balancing the need for food vs energy – A study on land use changes in Thailand. Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm.

Mikhail M., A. Fencl, S. Naruchaikusol, and E. Kemp-Benedict. 2010. Innovation and Diffusion of Sustainable Agricultural Water Resource Management in a Changing Climate: A Case Study in Northeast Thailand. Stockholm Environment Institute, Boston.

Polpanich O., S. Naruchaikusol, and M. Osbeck. 2010. An Increasing Competition of Food Crops and Energy Crops in Thailand: A Case Study in Karaket Sub-district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Juntopas M., and Naruchaikusol, S. 2010. Rural Water Supply and Decentralisation in Thailand: The Challenges of Improving Coverage and Water Quality at Commune and Village Levels. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Hague.

Calgaro, E., Pongponrat, K. and Naruchaikusol, S. 2009. Comparative Destination Vulnerability Assessment for Khao Lak, Patong Beach and Phi Phi Don. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Calgaro, E., Pongponrat, K. and Naruchaikusol, S. 2009. Promoting Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in Tsunami Affected Tourism Destination Communities: Vulnerability Assessment of Khao Lak, Thailand. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Naruchaikusol, S., Calgaro, E. and Pongponrat, K. 2009. Promoting Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in Tsunami Affected Tourism Destination Communities: Vulnerability Assessment of Patong, Thailand. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Pongponrat, K., Calgaro, E. and Naruchaikusol, S. 2009. Promoting Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in Tsunami Affected Tourism Destination Communities: Vulnerability Assessment of Phi Phi Don, Thailand. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Thomalla, F.,  Metusela, C., Naruchaikusol, S., Klocker Larsen, R., Tepa, C. 2009. Disaster Risk Reduction and Tsunami Early Warning Systems in Thailand: a case study on Krabi Province. Research Report, Stockholm Environment Institute, Macquarie University, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, and Raks Thai Foundation, Bangkok.

Thomalla F., R. K. Larsen, F. Kanji, S. Naruchaikusol, C. Tepa, B. Ravesloot, and A. K. Ahmed. 2009. A Participatory Assessment of the Enabling Conditions for Strengthening the Technology – Community Linkages of Tsunami Early Warning Systems in the Indian Ocean. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

Working Papers/ Fact Sheets

Naruchaikusol, S. (2016): Climate Change and its impact in Thailand. A short overview on actual and potential impacts of the changing climate in Southeast Asia, TransRe Fact Sheet No. 2, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Bonn.