Better design of roads can save lives

The tragic death of Dr Waraluck Supawatjariyakul, an ophthalmologist with Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, who was hit by a powerful big bike as she was negotiating a zebra crossing in January highlights a sad fact about the danger pedestrians face in their everyday lives. Apart from the recklessness of the motorcyclist who is also […]

Megaprojects need local participation

In January the Chana Rakthin Group, a grassroots movement from Chana district in Songkhla province, returned to the capital to protest against the Chana Industrial Complex Project, a few weeks after about 30 of its members – mostly women and the elderly – were arrested during protests last December. The demands of the villagers were […]

A city blind to half of its population

At the end of 2021, Bangkok had 5.52 million residents – 53% of whom (2.93 million) are women. Having just celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, and with the Bangkok gubernatorial election due in the next few months, let’s take a look at the lives and wellbeing of women in the Thai capital. According […]

Aged society needs new provident fund

The year 2022 comes with a few challenges for Thailand that require due preparations. First among them are the economic disadvantages of the elderly which are set to grow more serious. According to the UN World Population Prospects, Thailand is an early bird among developing nations which has now entered an aged society with about […]

A practical guide to reopening schools

The closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected millions of students countrywide, causing them to miss many on-site classes over the past two years. A number of research works point to the adverse impact of long-time school closures on children, in terms of learning, mental health, and lost opportunities. A team […]

Thailand needs new ways of governance 

To survive the post-Covid economy, Thailand needs to launch new ways of growth by up-skilling and re-skilling its workforce, investing in a green economy and bridging social disparities through a universal welfare system. Without effective ways to drive growth, how can Thailand deal with the challenges in an age of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity […]

DTAC-True merger must benefit public

The planned mega merger between Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) and True Corporation has caused a stir given its far-reaching impacts, not only on investment but also on consumers and other businesses that depend on telecommunication services like fintech suppliers, computer and mobile phone wholesalers as well as retailers. This article focuses in particular on […]

Green Growth is the way forward for Thailand

Amid the climate crisis and global economic stagnation, Thailand still can grow sustainably if it pursues a new economic pathway through green growth. The development model which destroys natural resources for runaway growth without concerns for the environment no longer works, said TDRI researchers Kannika Thampanishvong and Charika Channuntapipat Climate change is turning the planet […]

16 Days: Just say no to sexual violence

This Friday is not only Human Rights Day but also the last day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual campaign that began on Nov 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On that same day in Thailand it was revealed that one of the photographers hired […]

Meeting new job demands in the post-Covid economy

To survive the rapid digital transformation, the government must act fast to upskill and reskill the workforce while education institutions must equip students with new in-demand skills to grow in the post-Covid digital economy. “The pandemic has speeded up digital transformation with a drastic impact on job and market demands. If Thailand cannot adapt in […]

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