Pongthep Prasopchokechai - National Centre for Research on Europe - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

 

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PhD Candidate

Thesis Title:

The EU's Trade and Development Policy as an aspect of Inter-regional relations with ASEAN: a case of well-being

Supervisors:  

Professor Martin Holland

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand (2007)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education from Chiand Mai Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai, Thailand (1998)

Publications:

  • The Eu's Trade and Development Policy as an aspect of Inter-regional Relations with ASEAN: a case of well-being (Supported by the Centre for European Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Details of Research

What is the purpose of life? What can fulfill our lives? Is it happiness coupled with living in a socalled utopian society? Questions like these may sound familiar and thus may provide opportunity for discussion to any individual, community, organization, society, country, and region as well as at global level. Interestingly, happiness is not a new science as such. Aristotle, an infamous Greek philosopher and one of the most respected thinkers, evidently studied ‘Eudaimonia’ or ‘happiness’, in fact it is better to express under the term ‘well-being’ since it provides meanings carrying more holistic perspectives. This means that human being has questioned the true purpose of life,
existence of happiness and well-being for more than two thousand years.

The impact of such concept has transcended to present time and interestingly to regional groupings as well. Key players at global level and regional level such as the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mention ‘well-being’ in their collective purposes. According to Article 3 of the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon, “the Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples.” With regard to ASEAN, the region also aims to promote well-being for ASEAN citizens and community. In accordance with Article 1 of ASEAN Charter, ASEAN aims “to enhance the well-being and livelihood of the peoples of ASEAN by providing them with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice.”

Based on the concept of Eudaimonia and these principles enacted in the Treaty of Lisbon and ASEAN Charter, one can see that well-being is regarded to be one of the aims set by both regional groupings. However, how each region manages to deliver the well-being to its citizens
depends on policy, mechanisms, culture, tradition, expertise and appropriateness in line with their context of implementation.

For this research, it is considered that trade and development policy is most effective and efficient tool to strengthen and weld the relations between the EU and ASEAN. As pieces of evidence shown, both regional blocs have long been harnessing relations at many levels, i.e. individual, organization, leader, academic community, among others.

As a result, to better understand the inter-regional relations between the EU and ASEAN under the well-being concept and practice in accordance with the Treaty of Lisbon and ASEAN Charter is academically and practically challenging. The effect of study can create innovative body of knowledge and understanding; moreover it helps pave the way towards a more sustainable collaboration in a foreseeable future although ASEAN is still struggling with political, economic and social progress, in particular development gaps among ASEAN Member States. It is worth mentioning that studying only economic perspective between the two regions is incomplete and insufficient. For closer relations, investigating inter-regional relations under trade and development policy by both trade initiatives/activities and development projects/programmes is rationally reciprocal.

The thesis conducted under this title is therefore the effort to point out the key purpose of regional architecture, which is aimed at bringing about sustainable prosperity and well-being of people. Evidences under research conduct and findings arise from various co-operations at two levels, which are micro-level co-operation and macro-level co-operation. Moreover, it is worth noting that three key factors of well-being which can potentially create sustainable development and progress for the two regional groupings are education, employment and health, in particular for ASEAN citizens.

Conference Presentations

  • February 2015: Presented research paper at Jeju National University, South Korea, in participation of 2015 European Union Center Asia-Pacific Research Workshop
  • January 2016: Presented research paper at Chulalongkorn Univerdity, Bangkok, Thailand, in participation of 2016 European Union Center Asia-Pacific Research Workshop
  • December 2016: Presented research paper at European Union Center in Taiwan, in participation of 2017 European Union Center Asia-Pacific Research Workshop


Scholarships

  • February 2013: Domestic Tuition Fees Scholarship given by the European Union Centers Network (EUCN) to study PhD level at the National Center for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • January 2014: EUCN Research Award for the 2014 Academic Year
  • January 2014: Research Award from the Center for European Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • February 2015: Travel award (provided by NCRE) to present research paper at Jeju National University, South Korea, in participation of 2015 European Union Center Asia-Pacific Research Workshop
  • February 2016: Domestic Tuition Fees Scholarship given by the European Union Centers Network (EUCN) to study PhD level at the National Center for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • December 2016: Travel award (provided by NCRE) to present research paper at European Union Center in Taiwan

Research Interests

  • Inter-regional Relations between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • International Development and Social Innovation
  • Globalization and Inter-dependence of Socio-economic determinants
  • Global Health Public Policy, Sustainable Development and Well-being
  • International Political Economy and Alternatives to Social Inclusion
  • Education and Global Inter-Connectedness
  • Creative Communication and Strategy

Contact Details:

E-mail address: prasopchokechai@gmail.com

Postal address:

c/o National Centre for Research on Europe
Level 4 Logie
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch
New Zealand

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