Dr Pichamon Yeophantong

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong [พิชามญชุ์ เอี่ยวพานทอง; 皮查蒙·约范童] is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). 

Pichamon leads the Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, and the Responsible Business Lab. She is also a research associate at, inter alia, the Global Economic Governance Programme (University College, Oxford), the Institute of Asian and Pacific Studies (University of Nottingham Ningbo), and the UNSW Global Water Institute. Pichamon currently serves on the International Studies Association's Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South, and is an editor of the Human Rights Defender magazine (published by the Australian Human Rights Institute). 

Prior to joining UNSW, Pichamon was a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford University and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University. She was also an ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Pichamon has held visiting fellowships at a number of universities, including Peking University, China University of Political Science and Law, and National Taiwan University (as an inaugural Taiwan Fellow), having also taught at the Australian National University (ANU) and Thammasat University. 

Pichamon has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia, and has served as a consultant to the Africa Progress Panel, Overseas Development Institute, and American Friends Service Committee, among others. Between 2010-18, she delivered over 80 invited talks, public lectures, and keynote presentations in more than 10 countries. Her work has appeared in such publications as Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, and Water International. Aside from being profiled in, and providing expert commentaries to, various media outlets, she also contributes feature articles and op-eds to newspapers and magazines, including Yale Global and The Diplomat

Pichamon completed her PhD and MA (with First-Class Honours) in Politics and International Relations at the ANU as an inaugural China Institute Scholar and Hedley Bull Scholar. In addition to native fluency in Thai, she has working proficiency and/or holds advanced language certificates in French (DALF), Japanese, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, among a few others.

Research Projects (ongoing)

- 'The "Responsibility" of Chinese Foreign Policy': this project analyzes how the idea of 'responsibility' features in China's engagement with global governance

- 'Making Resource Investment Responsible in Southeast Asia': this ARC DECRA project assesses the ecological and social footprint of Chinese investment in Southeast Asia

- 'Enhancing Women's Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment Project' [as Chief Investigator, with the UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network and the Australian Human Rights Institute]: this is a research, advisory, review, and evaluation project with CARE Australia [$134,780]

PhD Supervision

- Taksaporn Noikaew, ‘US Influence on Thai Security Policy’
- Feifei Cai (commencing 2019)
- Ratchada Apornsilp (associate supervision, ANU)
- Xiaowei Liu (visiting supervision, Jilin U), ‘China’s Political Responsibility’

**Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students at UNSW Canberra who achieved a H1/High Distinction average in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, contact Dr Yeophantong at p.yeophantong@adfa.edu.au

Honours, Grants and Fellowships (select)

2018. Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) [$357,773], Australian Research Council (ARC)
- 2017. Visiting Fellowship, Department of International Economics, China Foreign Affairs University
- 2017. Delegate, U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop, Santiago, Chile
- 2017. Workshop Grant, Global Asia Initiative, Duke University
- 2016. Closing Plenary Speaker, International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong
- 2016. Top-Level Expert Fellowship (Chinese Government grant scheme), School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University
- 2016. Asia Representative, Executive Committee, Global South Caucus, International Studies Association
- 2015. Expert Panelist (Global Security), SBS Future Forum
- 2014. ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellowship, RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVy_PGv9Gks)
- 2014. Visting Professor, School of Politics and Public Administration, China University of Political Science and Law
- 2013. 'Editor's Choice' Article, Chinese Journal of International Politics
- 2013. Faculty Speaker and Salzburg Global Fellowship, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture, Austria
- 2012-2014. Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship, Oxford University and Princeton University
- 2012. Second prize, Australian Institute of International Affairs Essay Competition
- 2010. Inaugural Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China
- 2010. First prize, ANU Research Note Competition, ANU
- 2009-2010. Peking University Research Scholarship (two-time recipient)
- 2008. Inaugural China Institute PhD (Full) Scholarship, ANU
- 2007. Hedley Bull Scholarship, Graduate Studies in International Affairs Program, ANU
- 2007. Emile Boutmy Full Scholarship (la bourse d’excellence Emile Boutmy « complète »), Ecole doctorale de Sciences Po, Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris (declined)
- 2007. Eiffel Scholarship (la bourse d’excellence Eiffel), French Government (declined)
- 2006. HRH King Bhumipol Award for Academic Excellence (University Medal), Thammasat University
- 2005. Award for Meritorious Conduct, National Buddhist Association of Thailand under HM The King's Patronage

Invited Presentations and Public Lectures (select)

- 2017. 'Managing Resource Conflicts and Governance in Multiethnic Socieities in Asia', U21 Workshop on Interculturality and Multiculturalism', Pontificia Universidad de Católica de Chile.
- 2017. 'Culture and Religion in Transboundary Water Governance in Asia', Duke Global Asia Initiative and Duke Kunshan University.
- 2016. 'Chinese and Japanese Aid Investment in Southeast Asia', Danish Institute for International Affairs.
- 2016. 'Resource Governance and Conflict in Asia', Chatham House-KAF workshop, Hong Kong.
- 2016. 'Conservation Governance and the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Cambodia', Nanjing Forest Police College.
- 2015. Semi-Plenary on Earth System Governance in the Asia-Pacific Century, Earth System Governance Conference, Australian National University (http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/canberra2015/).
- 2015. Expert Panelist (Global Security), SBS Future Forum.
- 2015. 'Chinese Resource Investment in Southeast Asia', Sogang Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University.
- 2015. 'Civil Regulation and the Extractive Industries in Myanmar and Vietnam', RSIS Non-Traditional Security Studies Centre and the International Development Research Centre, Jakarta.
- 2015. 'Non-State Actors and Transboundary Water Disputes in Asia', Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
- 2015. 'China and Disaster Governance: Assessing the Domestic Sources of a Global Responsibility', Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University.
- 2014. 'On Governability and Chinese Non-Interventionism', Institute for Comparative Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University.
- 2014. 'Bounded by Power? China and Regional Hydropower Development in Myanmar and Cambodia', Contemporary China Colloquium Princeton University.
- 2013. ‘China and Environmental Governance in Mainland Southeast Asia: Between influence and resistance’, Royal Holloway, University of London.
- 2013. Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Commons in Myanmar, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Bangkok. 
- 2013. ‘China and the contentious politics of hydropower development in the Mekong Region’, Department of Social Sciences and Languages, Northumbria University in partnership with the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University and the British Academy.
- 2013. Faculty Speaker, 'On the Challenge of Local Engagement for Sustainable Action', Salzburg Global Seminar, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55K4D5Kdnf0 
- 2012. Panel on The Geopolitics of Transboundary Water Governance, Global Economic Governance Programme, University College in parternship with the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.
- 2011. ‘China, Responsibility and the Politics of Regional Water Governance: the case of the Lancang-Mekong River’, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University.
- 2010. ‘China’s Responsibility to Environmental Governance: a framework for analysis’, School of Environmental Science, Renmin University.
- 2010. ‘Chinese Responsibilities and Global Governance: The case of the Mekong River’, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
- 2010. ‘The Power of An Idea: China, Responsibility and Global Governance’, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University in partnership with the Centre for Chinese Studies of the National Library.

Media Engagement (select)

2017. Featured radio interview on political activist Liu Xiaobo's release, The Wire, available at: http://thewire.org.au/story/china-fails-release-nobel-laureate-liu-xiaob...
- 2016. Featured radio interview on the Abu Sayyaf and terrorism in Southeast Asia ('South East Asia Violent Group in Focus'), SBS Thai, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/thai/en/content/south-east-asia-viole...
- 2016. Featured radio interview, 'Formula for a Genius', SBS Thai, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/thai/en/content/formula-genius
- 2015. Backstory interview (26-year-old lecturer in International Relations and Development talks about starting university at 13), UNSW Uniken Magazine, available at: http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/backstory-dr-pichamon-yeophantong
- 2015. Featured radio interview on the East and South China Seas, and the Port of Darwin lease ('Game of Dominance'), SBS Thai, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/thai/en/content/game-dominance
- 2015. Featured interview, 'Australia's bright young minds talk tech & future fears', SBS Radio, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/radio/futureforum
- 2015. Featured radio interview on the Paris attacks, terrorism and global security ('Trails of Terror'), SBS Thai, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/thai/en/content/trails-terror
- 2015. Featured radio interview on the Paris attacks and the refugee crsis in Europe and Asia ('The refugee problem requires a sensitive balance'), SBS Chinese, available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/mandarin/zh-hans/content/nan-min-wen-ti-xu-yao-yi-ge-min-gan-de-ping-heng?language=zh-hans
- 2014. Featured interview, 'Born to be the genius' [in Thai], LIPS Magazine
- 2013. Featured interview, 'Dr Pichamon Yeophantong: A Thai genius' [in Thai], Sakulthai Magazine
- 2012. Featured interview, 'Homeschooling in Thailand' [in Thai], Mong Moom Mai [‘New Perspectives’] programme, Thai PBS Channel (on-air 11 March 2012)
- 2011. Featured interview [in Chinese] in Hu Li, ‘China’s imperative to rectify [its] “siege mentality”’ [Zhongguo you biyao jiuzheng ‘shou kun xintai’], Mingjing Magazine [Mingjing Yuekan] 12 (February 2011)
- 2010. Featured radio interview, ‘Sino-ASEAN relations’, Accent of Women, Australian 3CR (on-air 14 December 2010)
- 2010. Featured radio interview, ‘China and the Senkaku Islands dispute’, Accent of Women, Australian 3CR (on-air 11 October 2010)
- 2010. Featured interview, 'Spotlight: Thai High Achiever Advancing in Australia', The Australian Studies Centre Bulletin 1:2
- 2005. Featured interview, 'Pichamon Yeophantong: How homeschooling strengthens familial ties', Sakulthai Magazine
- 2005. Featured interview, 'Pichamon Yeophantong: 15 year old genius' [in Thai], Matichon (26 May 2005)

Book Chapters

Yeophantong P, 2018, 'Not Just ‘Ugly America’: Understanding Southeast Asian Perceptions of the United States', in Tan ATH (ed.), Handbook on the United States in Asia, Edward Elgar

Yeophantong P, 2017, 'Asian Perspectives', in McGlinchey S; Walters R; Scheinpflug C (ed.), International Relations Theory, E-International Relations Publishing, Bristol, pp. 117 - 124

Yeophantong P; Maurin C, 2016, 'China and the Regulation of Outbound Investment: Towards A ‘Responsible Investment’ Policy Framework', in Bjorkland AK (ed.), The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2014-2015, Oxford University Press, New York

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China’s Hydropower Expansion and Influence over Environmental Governance in Mainland Southeast Asia', in Goh E (ed.), Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 174 - 192

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Civil Regulation and Chinese Resource Investment in Vietnam and Myanmar', in Caballero-Anthony M; Barichello R (ed.), Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Growth, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, https://www.rsis.edu.sg/rsis-publication/nts/natural-resource-management-for-sustainable-growth/#.WNHPyXqVERN

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Rebellions in China, Second Great Leap Forward, Commercial Revolution, Jin State', in Dillon M (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese History

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China's Dam Diplomacy in the Mekong Region: Three Game Changers', in Blake D; Robins L (ed.), Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region, Strategic Information and Research Development Center Press (for M-POWER), Selangor

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'Conversations with confucius (551–479 BCE)', in The Return of the Theorists: Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations, pp. 13 - 21, 10.1057/9781137516459_3

Yeophantong P, 2012, 'Nationalism: 1900 to Present: East and Southeast Asia', in Stanton A; Ramsamy E; Seybolt P; Elliott C (ed.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA

Yeophantong P, 2012, 'Imperialism: 1200 to 1900: East and Southeast Asia', in Stanton A; Ramsamy E; Seybolt P; Elliott C (ed.), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA

Journal articles

Yeophantong P; Shih CY, 2017, 'On Chinese Non-Interventionism: Governance, Governability and Global Governance [in Chinese]', Social Sciences, vol. 439

Yeophantong P, 2017, 'Editorial: Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Asia', Human Rights Defender, vol. 26, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=840121851849657;res=IELHSS

Yeophantong P, 2017, 'River activism, policy entrepreneurship and transboundary water disputes in Asia', Water International, vol. 42, pp. 163 - 186, 10.1080/02508060.2017.1279041

Yeophantong P, 2016, 'China and Disaster Governance: Assessing the Domestic Sources of a Global Responsibility', Journal of Chinese Political Science, vol. 21, pp. 241 - 255, 10.1007/s11366-016-9406-2

Yeophantong P, 2015, 'Assessing Local Responses to Chinese-Backed Resource Development Projects in Myanmar and Cambodia: A Critical Survey', The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, vol. 2, pp. 95 - 110

Yeophantong P, 2014, 'China’s Lancang Dam Cascade and Transnational Activism in the Mekong Region', Asian Survey, vol. 54, pp. 700 - 724, 10.1525/as.2014.54.4.700

Yeophantong P, 2013, 'Governing the World: China's Evolving Conceptions of Responsibility', The Chinese Journal of International Politics, vol. 6, pp. 329 - 364, 10.1093/cjip/pot013

Yeophantong P; Maurin C, 2013, 'Going Global Responsibly? China's Strategies Towards “Sustainable” Overseas Investments', Pacific Affairs, vol. 86, pp. 281 - 303, 10.5509/2013862281

Yeophantong P, 2012, 'China, Responsibility, and the Politics of Regional Water Governance: the Case of the Lancang-Mekong River', Thammasat Review, vol. 15, pp. 59 - 75


Yeophantong P, 2018, Building Partnerships, Deepening Dialogue: A Report of AFSC’s Business and Peace Program, AFSC, American Friends Service Committee

Yeophantong P, 2014, Understanding Humanitarian Action in East and Southeast Asia: A historical perspective, Overseas Development Institute, London, HPG Working Paper, http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/8807.pdf

Yeophantong P, 2013, China in the Mekong: Building Dams for Whose Benefit?, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, GEG Policy Brief, http://www.geg.ox.ac.uk/sites/geg/files/GEG%20Yeophantong%20Sept%202013.pdf


Yeophantong P, The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy & Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia

Yeophantong PM, China Orders the World: Normative Soft Power and Foreign Policy , edited by William A. Callahan and Elena Barabantseva. Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University

Yeophantong P, Beating Devils and Burning Their Books: Views of China, Japan, and the West , edited by Anthony E. Clark. Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, Inc., 2010. x + 248 pp. US$25.00 (paperback).

Yeophantong PM, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Mao's Global Order of Tripolarity , by Lai Sing Lam. Oxford: Peter Lang AG, 2011. x + 235 pp. SFR56.00/€35.50/£32.00/US$55.95 (paperback), SFR54.00/€35.50/£32.00/

Yeophantong PM, Towards Responsible Government in East Asia: Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings

Yeophantong P, Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China

Working Papers

Yeophantong P, 2015, Civil Regulation and Chinese Resource Investment in Myanmar and Vietnam, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper

Yeophantong P, 2013, China, Corporate Responsibility and the Contentious Politics of Hydropower Development: Transnational Activism in the Mekong Region?, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper, 82

Yeophantong P, 2013, China and the Politics of Hydropower Development: governing water and contesting responsibilities in the Mekong River Basin, Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford University, Global Economic Governance Working Paper, 81

Edited Books

Yeophantong P, (ed.), 2017, Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Asia, 1, Australian Human Rights Centre, http://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;res=IELHSS;issn=1039-2637


Yeophantong P, China’s G20 Leadership and the Challenges of Sustainable Development

Yeophantong P, A Second Look at the Bangkok Blast

Yeophantong P, Cambodia’s Environment: Good News in Areng Valley?

Yeophantong P, China and the spectre of water wars in Southeast Asia

Yeophantong P, China's rise can only be peaceful

Yeophantong P, Can China afford to confront the world? Part II