Urban water systems in Thailand: a field trip by Tieza Santos

Tieza Santos of the DLGS 2020 cohort concluded her field visit in Thailand in December as part of her Ph.D. dissertation.

Tieza examined the complex systems interaction and dynamics of the social-technological-ecological dimensions of the Chao Phraya River Basin and how the transformation of urban water systems in Thailand is governed by institutions and actors from the basin to the city level. She interviewed representatives from the academia, scientific communities, civil society, NGOs, and government line agencies and departments involved in Thailand’s water governance. She also visited and met with representatives from riverine communities in the urban khlongs in Bangkok including farmers and fisherfolks in tambons in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani who all depend on the water of the river basin. Her 10-week research stay in Thailand was hosted by the Asian Institute of Technology and supported by the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre at the TU Dresden. Tieza continues her data gathering and fieldwork in the Saxony Region and the City of Dresden to complete her comparative case study of the EU and ASEAN member states.