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JGSEE PhD Research Won Outstanding Senatorial Thesis Award


(Top left: Dr. Chatinai Chusai; Bottom from left to right: Prof. Robert HB Exell, Dr. Kasemsan Manomaiphiboon, Dr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Dr. Sirakarn Leungsakul, and Dr. Sarawut Thepanondh) Dr. Chatinai Chusai’s PhD thesis on environmental policy has been selected as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Committee of Research and Development, the Secretariat of the Senate (Thailand). The thesis is entitled as “Carrying Capacity Assessment for Map Ta Phut Industrial Area Using Air Quality Modeling”. The thesis presents an integrated study of selected air pollution aspects over Map Ta Phut, an economically strategic area of Thailand. In fact, Map Ta Phut is well known as the largest industrial complex of Thailand and also one of the largest in Southeast Asia, in terms of size of industries invested and operated. Environmental conditions, including air quality, in and around the area have long been a major public concern. In the thesis, scientific, law, and economic perspectives were taken into account altogether in addressing the problem, and part of its findings was published in the Journal of Air and Waste Management Association (2012, pp. 932-945). In addition, the methods applied in the thesis was cited in a new air quality modeling protocol for environment impact assessment (EIA), issued by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). Dr. Chusai has worked as officer in the Department of Primary Industries and Mines, Ministry of Industry, since 2001. He joined the JGSEE in 2007 and completed his study in 2012. His thesis was supervised by Dr. Kasemsan Manomaiphiboon (Advisor, JGSEE), Dr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich (ONEP), Dr. Sirakarn Leungsakul (Department of Industrial Works), Dr. Sarawut Thepanondh (Mahidol University), and Prof. Robert HB Exell (JGSEE). As for the Awarding, it is to recognize graduate theses in social sciences or related and to provide relevant information to the Senate. Three main criteria used in the selection process are: 1) the contents are useful in context of legislation or law, 2) it has or potentially has a public impact, and 3) it is of high academic quality. This year, a total of 4 PhD theses (2 Outstandings and 2 Commendations) and 4 MS theses (2 Outstandings and 2 Commendations) are recognized. In the Awarding, Dr. Chusai will receive a plaque and a prize, and the thesis committee will receive honoring certificates.



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