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). She also leads the Responsible Business Lab and Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, and convenes the Asia-Pacific Development and Security Research Group at HASS.

A political scientist and China specialist by training, her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and the political economy of sustainable development (including resource conflict and energy transitions) in the Asia-Pacific. In addition to her ARC-funded project on how to better regulate Chinese resource and infrastructure investment overseas, Pichamon is a Chief Investigator on three other projects that collectively seek to enhance the resilience of women leaders and environmental defenders, together with the adaptive capacity of social and environmental regulations, in Southeast Asia. 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 'human rights fighter' and finalist for the 2020 Advance Awards. 

Prior to joining UNSW, Pichamon was a Global Leaders Fellow at University College, Oxford University and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University. She was also an ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellow at the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Pichamon has held (fully-funded) 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. She has also taught at the Australian National University (ANU) and Thammasat University, among other institutions. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow (non-resident) at the Wong MNC Center; sits on Jubilee Australia's Research Committee as well as Asian Perspective's Editorial Committee; and serves on the International Studies Association's Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South.

Pichamon has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia, having served as a consultant to, inter alia, the Africa Progress Panel, Overseas Development Institute, and International Rivers. Since 2010, she has delivered over 100 invited talks, public lectures, and keynote presentations in more than 10 countries, including at an ASEAN Regional Forum workshop (2020), the Australian Institute of International Affairs' National Conference (2019), and the Lower Mekong Policy Forum on Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources (2017).

Her work has appeared in such publications as Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Pacific Affairs, and Water International. Aside from being profiled in and providing expert commentary to various media outlets, she also contributes feature articles and op-eds to newspapers and magazines such as Australian Outlook, East Asia Forum Quarterly, The Diplomat, and Yale Global.

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 / MPhil Supervision

  • Feifei Cai, 'Private Chinese Companies and Resource Conflicts in Cambodia' (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Ngoc Ngyuen, 'Middle Powers and Order Management in the Asia-Pacific' (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Eugene Simonov, 'Transboundary Water Governance' (primary/joint PhD supervisor)
  • Ratchada Apornsilp (associate PhD supervisor, ANU)
  • Xiaowei Liu (associate PhD supervisor, Jilin U)
  • Marie-Alice McLean Dreyfus, 'China and Global Governance' (primary/joint MPhil supervisor)

**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, please contact Dr Yeophantong at p.yeophantong@adfa.edu.au


Honours / MA / CDF (Arts) / Summer Scholar Supervision

Dr Yeophantong is available for Honours and MA (by coursework) supervision, and is also happy to consider CDF (Arts) and Summer Scholarship projects. She has, since 2016, supervised 15 student projects to successful completion. 

**Scholarships of $10,000 (AUD) are available for (non-Defence) Honours students at UNSW Canberra. If you are interested, please contact Dr Yeophantong at p.yeophantong@adfa.edu.au


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

Book Chapters

Meng F; Chen Z; Yeophantong P, 2020, 'Assessing the Vertical Management Reform of China's Environmental System: Progress, Conditions and Prospects', in Podger A; Su T-T; Wanna J; Chan HS; Niu M (ed.), Designing Governance Structures for Performance and Accountability, ANU Press

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, https://issuu.com/humanrightsdefender/docs/unswa012_human_rights_defender_publication_vol28_i

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

Journal articles

Yeophantong P, 2020, 'Chinese Assertiveness and the Business of Politics in the South China Sea Dispute', Australian Naval Review, https://navalinstitute.com.au/australian-naval-review-archive/

Yeophantong P, 2020, 'China and the Accountability Politics of Hydropower Development: How Effective are Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Mekong Region?', Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol. 42, pp. 85 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1355/cs42-1d

Yeophantong P, 2019, 'Risking Reputation: Is China a Rogue Investor?', East Asia Forum Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 35 - 37

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

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2017.1279041

Shih CY; Yeophantong P, 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

Maurin C; Yeophantong P, 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


Deflau K; Yeophantong P, 2020, State of Knowledge: Women and Rivers in the Mekong Region, International Rivers, Bangkok, https://www.womenandrivers.com/resources/state-of-knowledge-women-and-rivers-in-the-mekong-region

Yeophantong P; Breckenridge J; 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: 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

Yeophantong P, 2013, China in the Mekong: Building Dams for Whose Benefit?, Oxford University, https://www.geg.ox.ac.uk/publication/china-mekong-building-dams-whose-benefit

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


Baxter T; Yeophantong P, 2020, Incorporating gender into Chinese hydropower development in the Mekong region, Panda Paw Dragon Claw, https://pandapawdragonclaw.blog/2020/08/14/incorporating-gender-into-chinese-hydropower-development-in-the-mekong-region/

Yeophantong P; Wang S, 2019, Chinese Telecommunications Investment in Africa: Bad News for Development?, Australian Institute of International Affairs

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

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