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 (HASS), UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Pichamon is a China specialist, with expertise on Chinese foreign policy and the political economy of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. She leads the Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, and the Responsible Business Lab at HASS. 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.

In 2018, Pichamon was awarded the CHASS Australia 'Future Leader' Prize by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and was named a Chief Investigator on a project on stopping sexual harassment in Southeast Asian factories with CARE Australia and the Gendered Violence Research Network. 

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 other languages.

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PhD Supervision

  • Feifei Cai, 'Examining the Impacts of Chinese Investment Projects in the Developing World' 
  • Ratchada Apornsilp (associate supervision, ANU)
  • Xiaowei Liu (associate supervision, Jilin U), ‘On 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


Yeophantong P; Shih C-Y; Huang C-C; Bunskoek R; Ikeda J; Hwang Y-J; Wang H-J; Chang C-Y; Chen C-C, 2019, China and International Theory: The Balance of Relationships, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429423130

Book Chapters

Yeophantong P, 2019, 'The Origins and Evolution of Humanitarian Action in Southeast Asia', in Linton S; McCormack T; Sivakumaran S (ed.), Asia-Pacific Perspectives on International Humanitarian Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 73 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108667203.006

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781788110662

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, 2016, 'Conversations with Confucius', in Lebow RN; Schouten P; Suganami H (ed.), The Return of the Theorists: Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 13 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137516459_3

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

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, '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; 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, 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

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

Edited Books

Yeophantong P, (ed.), 2019, The Military and Human Rights, Australian Human Rights Institute, Sydney

Journal articles

Yeophantong P, 2019, 'In the Defence of Human Rights', Human Rights Defender, vol. 28

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

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

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, http://dx.doi.org/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, http://dx.doi.org/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, http://dx.doi.org/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, http://dx.doi.org/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


Breckenridge J; Yeophantong P; Suchting M, 2019, Enhancing Women’s Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment: Methodology Briefing Paper, CARE Australia

Breckenridge J; Yeophantong P; Suchting M, 2019, Enhancing Women’s Voice to STOP Sexual Harassment: Project Mid-Term Review Report, CARE Australia

Fletcher L; Yeophantong P, 2019, Enter the Dragon: Australia, China and the New Pacific Development Agenda, Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Australia, https://www.jubileeaustralia.org/_literature_164854/Enter_the_Dragon_2019

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

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, http://dx.doi.org

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, http://dx.doi.org

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, http://dx.doi.org


Yeophantong P; Hicks W, 2019, Can China Be a “Responsible” Actor in the Pacific? Some Implications for Australia, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/can-china-responsible-actor-pacific-implications-for-australia/

Hicks W; Yeophantong P, 2019, Why Africa Matters to Australia, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/why-africa-matters-australia/

Yeophantong P; Fletcher L, 2019, Why Australia Shouldn’t Overreact to China in the Pacific, Australian Institute of International Affairs, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/australia-shouldnt-overreact-china-pacific/

Yeophantong P, 2016, China’s G20 Leadership and the Challenges of Sustainable Development, The Diplomat Magazine, http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/chinas-g20-leadership-and-the-challenges-of-sustainable-development/

Yeophantong P, 2015, A Second Look at the Bangkok Blast, The Diplomat Magazine, http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/a-second-look-at-the-bangkok-blast/

Yeophantong P, 2014, Cambodia’s Environment: Good News in Areng Valley?, http://thediplomat.com/2014/11/cambodias-environment-good-news-in-areng-valley/

Yeophantong P, 2014, China and the spectre of water wars in Southeast Asia, University of Nottingham, http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2014/10/30/china-and-the-spectre-of-water-wars-in-southeast-asia/

Yeophantong P; Maurin C, 2013, Chinese Companies Moving into the World Market… Responsibly?, https://apm.iar.ubc.ca/chinese-companies-moving-into-the-world-market-responsibly/

Yeophantong P, 2011, China's rise can only be peaceful, http://www.newschinamag.com/magazine/chinas-rise-can-only-be-peaceful

Yeophantong P, 2010, Can China afford to confront the world? Part II, http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/can-china-afford-confront-world-%E2%80%93-part-ii


Yeophantong P, 2015, The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy & Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, WILEY, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12166

Yeophantong PM, 2013, 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 Press, 2011. xvi + 280 pp. US$55.00 (hardcover)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/671324

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

Yeophantong PM, 2012, 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/US$53.95 (eBook)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/666553

Yeophantong P, 2012, 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)., University of Chicago Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/665754

Yeophantong PM, 2010, Towards Responsible Government in East Asia: Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings, CONTEMPORARY CHINA CENTRE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/tcj.63.20749220

Yeophantong P, 2009, Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China, CONTEMPORARY CHINA CENTRE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/tcj.62.20648167