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International Conference on “International Security and the Environment” (21st April)

The conference will be held in response to a growing engagement with the environment and related themes within the discipline of international relations (IR).


The crescendo of warnings about the catastrophic effects of global warming and climate change have perhaps provided an extra impetus for greater engagement with the environment with the various causes, consequences, implications, and potential solutions to the existential crisis that humans and non-humans find themselves in.

Environmental security has been one area of international relations in which scholars have sought to tackle the myriad of environmental challenges faced by peoples around the world. Research in this area has looked at political and governance responses to environmental problems, and the management of resources critical for human subsistence, for instance water. The depletion and growing scarcity of some resources has meant that control over them has moved to the forefront of nation-states’ concerns, and thus environmental security has had a profound impact on how geopolitics is being conducted in the contemporary age. Alternative approaches to environmental security have nevertheless shown a greater skepticism towards state-centric approaches and solutions to environmental problems. ‘Human security’, for instance, sees greater potential in shifting the referent object of security from states and territory to human beings themselves. Closely related to this has been the proliferation of ‘sustainable’ approaches to governance, such as can be seen in ‘sustainable development’ programs, which have been widely endorsed by states, international institutions and non-governmental organizations alike.

On this awareness, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Institute of Democratization Studies (IDS), Chiang Mai University, and Mae Fah Luang University will organize an international conference entitled “International Security and the Environment” in the format of a combination of public discussions and paper presentations. Empirical and theoretical research will be presented to discuss environmental changes and possible approaches. The event is meant to be a platform for constructive dialogue, information exchange and lessons learned among the international community, especially from the EU – as a leader in climate policy – and Thailand.


Day 2: Paper Presentation
Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Time: 09.00 – 17.00 hrs. (GMT +7 Bangkok)

Venue: Zoom Program ; Zoom ID: 92962040567, Passcode: 444990
Language: English




08:00 - 08:20: Speakers and participants log in to the Zoom meeting room

08:20 –08:30: Welcome remarks: introduction to the presentation

08:30 – 10:30 PANEL 1: Liberal environmental governance and its limits

Chair: Matthew Robson, Chiang Mai University
Discussant: Thanikun Chantra, Mae Fah Luang, University

1.Global ocean governance in the Anthropocene
A. Flávia Barros-Platiau et al., University of Brasilia
2. Multi-species justice and the problem of liberal environmental governance
G. Kuetting, Rutgers University
3. Green theory of International Relations and its understanding of global
environmental politics
W. Wadeesirisak, University of Phayao
4. Climate change: a global governance challenge, requiring local specific
C. Ploberger, Rajamangala University of Technology
5. Environmental authoritarianism and ethnic autonomy:
the case of Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchabury Province, Thailand
K. Sitthi, Sukhothai Thammathirat University


10.30 – 11.00 Break

11:00 – 13:00 PANEL 2: Security, development and the environment

Chair: Matthew Robson, Chiang Mai University
Discussant: Pradit Chinudomsub, Mae Fah Luang University

1.Bangsamoro disaster risk reduction and management and climate change
governance: its policies and systems under the Bangsamoro transition
M. Rachman, Mindanao State University
2. Psychological security as a measure of effective sustainable development: the
case of Chambok community-based ecotourism and their participants
M. Weinmann, Chiang Mai University
3. Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Sustainable Development Goals-2030
J. Srinivas. Gitam University
4. The environmentalization of security in Spain
X. Ruiz-Campillo & C. Del Río. Complutense University of Madrid
5. Assessing the role of Japanese green aid in deciphering Asian environmental
S. Arora, Jawaharlal Nehru University

13:00 – 14:00: Break

14:00 – 15:45 PANEL 3: New perspectives on the Anthropocene

Chair/discussant: Yuki Miyake, Mae Fah Luang University
Discussant: Sawang Meesang, Mae Fah Luang University

1. Anthropocene, capitalocene or westernocene? On the ideological foundations
of the current climate crisis
Y. Molinero-Gerbeau, Comillas University, & A. San Róman, UNED
2. Jettisoning agency? Posthumanism and security in the Anthropocene
M. Robson, Chiang Mai University
3. Arriving in the plantationoscene? A review of "banana rush" plantations in the
Lower Mekong Basin
M. Dania. Chiang Mai University
4. Towards ecological security: Social sufficiency or environmental resilience
H. Nur Afifah Yogar & M. Weinmann, Chiang Mai University

15:45 – 16:00: Closing ceremony

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