We are currently accepting applications for the PhD program in Peacebuilding due to begin in June, 2020.  Please contact Aj. Dr. Le Ngoc Bich Ly (bich_l@payap.ac.th) or Aj. Dr. Tony Waters (watersanthony777@gmail.com) for more information and any questions. 

Recent Peace Studies Dept. Successes

  • Associate Proffessor Somboon Panyakom and Emeritus Lecturer James Langteau of the Peace Studies Dept.  recently published a paper with the Asia Missions Association titled GOD’S CALLING TO MYANMAR: JOURNEY INTO CONFLICT ZONES “And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
  • Dr. Tony Waters and five of the Dept. of Peace Studies students recently attended the 1st annual meeting of the Dept. of Anthropology and Ethnology meeting at Yunnan University in Kunming, China.  The six papers presented discussed a wide-range of subjects including education in peace, peace philosophies, history, NGO politics, and other subjects.
  • A new academic year at IRCP started in June 2019. We were very happy to bring in five new PhD students which brings our total to 15 students. Two of them this year moved into the fourth year, with a successful dissertation proposal in June, 2019. Five more students took their qualifying exams in August 2019, and are continuing to get dissertation proposals approved in early 2020.
  • PhD Student Hayso Thako and his colleagues Su-An Oh and Melanie Walker published “Karen Education and Boundary Making at the Thai-Burmese Border” in the journal Borderlands.
  • PhD student Mon Mon Myat’s new publication about Aung San Suu Kyi, “Is Politics Aung San Suu Kyi’s Vocation?” in Palgrave Communications from the UK. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-019-0258-1.  Another version of this article has been published in Social Transformations.
  • PhD student Hayso Thako and his colleague Su-An Oh also published a paper “Education; A Micro-theater of Ethnic Politics and the Peace Process in Myanmar ” in ISEAS Perspectives from Singapore.
  • Dr. Mary Wong from California, and PhD students Min Htun, Moe Thida Lwin, and Qamaruzzaman Amir were at Mandalay University conducting workshops for peace educators, January 20-24, 2020.
  • PhD Student Moe Thida Lwin published her paper “The Labour Market in Mae Sot, 1990-2017 and Thailand’s New Economic Zone Policy” in Hue University Journal of Science, 2019. The publication is from her MBA thesis at Payap University. Moe Thida has since returned to Payap University as a PhD in Peacebuilding student.
  • PhD student Hayso Thako and his colleagues Subin Sara Yeo, and Terese Gagnon recently published and article “Schooling for a Stateless Nation: The Predicament of Education without Consensus for Karen Refugees on the Thailand-Myanmar Border” in the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding.  This collaboration emerged as all three of them were working on dissertation projects in Mae Sot.  Sara is from Seoul National University, Korea, and Terese from Syracuse University, New York.  This is a fantastic peace of collaborative work for early career scholars, and we look forward to hearing much more in the future.